Holcomb makes first two Capital Improvement Board appointments

Gov. Eric Holcomb has named his two new appointments to the Capital Improvement Board of Managers in Marion County.

The governor previously did not have authority to appoint anyone to the quasi-government agency, but that changed earlier this year in legislation that's expected to keep the Indiana Pacers in town and fund the CIB for the next 25 years.

Holcomb announced Monday that he had selected his chief of staff, Earl Goode, and retired IndyCar driver Sarah Fisher, who owns Speedway Indoor Karting, as his first two appointments.

Their terms will expire Jan. 15, 2021.

Goode has been Holcomb's chief of staff since 2016. He served in that same role for former Gov. Mitch Daniels for six years. Goode was president of the CIB from 2015 to 2016 and chairman of the Indiana Sport Corp. from 2001-2006. He spent nearly 40 years in top leadership roles with GTE, the predecessor to Verizon. He was commissioner of the Department of Administration from 2005-2006.  

Fisher drove in 81 IndyCar races from 1999-2010 and had nine starts in the Indy 500. She's also a former IndyCar team owner.

The board will now have nine voting members—two appointed by Holcomb, five appointed by the mayor of Indianapolis, one appointed by the Indianapolis City-County Council and one appointed by the county commissioners from Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson and Shelby counties. 

The CIB owns Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Lucas Oil Stadium, Victory Field and the Indiana Convention Center. 

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