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Tuesday, January 22, 2019 1:00 am

Holcomb names state's new VA leader

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Gov. Eric Holcomb has appointed Dennis Wimer as director of the Indiana Department of Veterans' Affairs.

Wimer will begin his job Monday.

He replaces James Brown, who resigned in December after the Indianapolis Star reported that at least 11 of his agency's employees had received a total of about $40,000 in grant money from the Military Family Relief Fund, which is administered by the state VA.

“I have directed Dennis to make any and all necessary changes to restore the confidence of the department and the trust of Hoosier veterans,” Holcomb said last week in a statement.

Holcomb said Wimer's “experience and expertise, which combines military service with a deep knowledge of the inner workings of state and federal programs, have prepared him to transform the Indiana Department of Veterans' Affairs.”

Wimer has been chief executive officer for civil engineering consultant LADS Consulting of Indianapolis.

Holcomb's office said that Wimer served in the U.S. Air Force eight years, leaving as a captain. From 2011 to 2017, he worked for the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, including as associate chief operating officer.