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Holcomb names former supermarket executive as Department of Labor chief

An Indiana government center building in downtown Indianapolis displays the words "Indiana, A State That Works." Between those words is a white outline of the state over a blue starburst.
Lauren Chapman
IPB News
Former Marsh supermarket executive David Redden will lead the Indiana Department of Labor.

The Indiana Department of Labor’s newest leader is a longtime grocery chain executive.

Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Wednesday that David Redden will lead the state’s labor department, starting July 25. Redden served nearly 20 years as the senior vice president for human resources at Marsh, an Indiana-based supermarket chain that shut down a few years ago.

Redden will take over the job from Joe Hoage, who became the head of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles in May.

The Department of Labor monitors workplace safety and health, including inspections, and enforces wage and hour laws, as well as youth employment rules.

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Brandon Smith has covered the Statehouse for Indiana Public Broadcasting for more than a decade, spanning three governors and a dozen legislative sessions. He's also the host of Indiana Week in Review, a weekly political and policy discussion program seen and heard across the state. He previously worked at KBIA in Columbia, Missouri and WSPY in Plano, Illinois. His first job in radio was in another state capitol - Jefferson City, Missouri - as a reporter for three stations around the Show-Me State.