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Pence financial adviser leaving for nursing home post

June 11, 2015

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's top financial adviser is resigning to take an executive post with a nursing home company.

Pence announced Thursday that Indiana Office of Management and Budget Director Chris Atkins will leave June 26 to become senior vice president of Mainstreet. The Carmel-based nursing home development company was founded by Zeke Turner, the son of former Indiana Republican House Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner of Cicero.

Atkins oversaw 10 state government spending and auditing agencies and helped write the two state budgets Pence proposed to the Legislature.

Pence named OMB general counsel and policy director Micah Vincent to replace Atkins.

Eric Turner resigned his House seat last November after privately lobbying against a bill calling for a nursing home construction moratorium that might have cost Mainstreet millions of dollars in revenue.

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