- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Thomas Easterly informed Gov. Mike Pence on Thursday he will retire from his post as commissioner of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, a position he has held since 2005.

Easterly’s retirement is effective Aug. 28.

Gov. Mike Pence praised Easterly, saying Indiana residents have a cleaner, healthier environment because of his leadership. Easterly retires as the longest-serving IDEM commissioner.

Easterly was president of Environmental Business Strategies Inc., a consulting firm he started in 2002, when he was appointed commissioner by Gov. Mitch Daniels. He was reappointed to the post by Pence in 2013.

Pence will appoint a replacement for Easterly.

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