The new director of INDOT is telling employees that the agency will NOT institute a policy that would add new restrictions to their future employment prospects.
In an e-mail to staff, Commissioner Brandye Hendrickson said the agency will stick with current ethics rules on post-employment. Former Commissioner Karl Browning resigned from his post, in part as first reported in the Cheat Sheet, over plans that would not have only restricted post-employment but also reportedly punished contractors who hired INDOT employees by forbidding them to receive state business over the next two years.
Below is a copy of the e-mail Hendrickson sent to employees Monday evening…
I am aware there have been pockets of discussions recently related to post employment restrictions and the possibility of the development of an agency policy surrounding the issue.
I want to reassure you that there are no plans to create such a policy, and that all post employment restrictions are governed by existing State Ethics laws.
I will share that there are plans to ensure that we are able to recruit and retain top talent, educate managers on what they can do to fill critical vacancies quickly, and position the agency to continue to be recognized as an employer of choice in the marketplace. As you know, taking care of what we have is one of our agency results and Talent Management is a big part of that.
If you have questions regarding post employment restrictions, please contact Mark Tidd, INDOT Ethics Officer, or view State Ethics laws at www.in.gov/ig.