Ellspermann Begins Transition Out Of Lt. Governor’s Office; Husband To Retire At End Of School YearINDIANAPOLIS (Local Sources) – Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann (R-Ferdinand) released this statement this (Tuesday) morning concerning her candidacy to become the new president for Ivy Tech Community College…
“Over the past three and one half years, I have had the special honor to serve my fellow 6.5 million Hoosiers as their Lieutenant Governor serving alongside a great Governor and friend Mike Pence. He invited me to be his partner on this journey and I am so very proud of all that we have accomplished to benefit the people of Indiana.
In each of our lives, not everything lines up in perfect timing. In my case, the unique opportunity to apply for the office of President at Ivy Tech presented itself. As previously stated, I was approached by friends of Ivy Tech about the position to which I gave thoughtful consideration. I then took this opportunity to the Governor and we agreed that this might be an even better “seat on the bus” for me as leading Ivy Tech could impact workforce development and the economic future of our state in a very significant way.
The Governor and I fully respect the careful process that the Ivy Tech Trustees are following to make this critically important decision. In the same way, I respect the needs of governing through transition, the responsibility of the Legislature, and the election process. For those reasons, I have decided that now is the appropriate time to plan my transition out of the office of Lieutenant Governor.
I am pleased that Governor Pence has selected Eric Holcomb as his recommendation to succeed me as Lieutenant Governor. Eric has had a distinguished career in public service with two of Indiana’s outstanding leaders. He understands State government from his work as Governor Daniel’s deputy chief of staff and the Federal government as Senator Coats’ state chief of staff. Further, his service in the Navy demonstrates his commitment to our nation. I look forward to working with Eric as we implement a seamless transition over the coming weeks.
I am grateful to Hoosiers and Governor Pence for entrusting me with the office of Lieutenant Governor and its statutory responsibilities. The opportunity to serve this great state of Indiana has been a true honor and one that I pass along with great pride and even higher expectations to Eric Holcomb.”Last week, Ellspermann’s husband Jim Mehling announced his retirement after 35 1/2 years with the Southeast Dubois School Corporation; the last three as principal at Forest Park High School.
Mehling, a 1977 graduate of FPHS, he wants to spend more time with his wife who has spent the last six years as Lt. Governor for Mike Pence.
Mehling tells NNDC he and Sue have only the weekends to spend together now and many of them are not in Ferdinand depending on his wife’s weekend appearance schedule.
Mehling’s retirement becomes official in June.
Southeast superintendent Rick Allen, who has been with the school district for the last 33 years, says the search for Mehling’s replacement has already begun.