Governor names interim Indiana secretary of commerce

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb on Monday appointed Jim Staton to serve as interim secretary of commerce, the Indiana Economic Development Corp. announced.

Staton, senior vice president and chief business development officer for the IEDC, will fill in until a full-time replacement is found for Jim Schellinger, who stepped down suddenly last week after 5-1/2 years in the role.

Staton has been with the IEDC since 1995. Before taking his most recent job in 2018, he held several positions, including vice president of business development, director of business development for the central and northwest Indiana regions, and business recruitment director for North America.

Staton, a Hartford City native, received undergraduate degrees in environmental design and urban planning from Ball State University.

Before joining the IEDC, Staton was president and chief operating officer of the Jasper County Industrial Foundation in Rensselaer.

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