Former grocery exec to lead Indiana Department of Labor

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Former retail executive David Redden has been picked as commissioner of the Indiana Department of Labor by Gov. Eric  Holcomb, the governor’s office announced Wednesday morning. He’ll begin his tenure July 25.

Redden served in numerous executive roles for former grocery chain Marsh Supermarkets, including senior vice president of human resources for from 1996 to 2015. Before that, he held roles including general manager, vice president of warehousing and transportation, and vice president of personnel at Marsh. He has also served as the president of Village Pantries, a division of Marsh.

Redden replaces Joe Hoage, who was named commissioner of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles after two years at the helm of the DOL.

“David brings a great deal of experience in managing workers and workplaces across Indiana,” Holcomb said in written remarks. “He will continue the steady leadership of the Department of Labor in its work to enforce the laws around workplace safety, wage and youth employment.”

Redden received a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a master of arts degree in management science from Ball State University.

The Department of Labor provides workplace safety and health consultations, conducts workplace inspections, enforces wage and hour laws, and monitors and enforces youth employment laws.

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