INDIANAPOLIS -- Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch today announced Denny Spinner has been appointed to serve as the executive director of the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). Spinner has been the mayor of Huntingburg since 2012.
Spinner will resign to accept the position November 25th. You can read his full statement below.
“Denny brings a wide variety of experience to the state level,” Crouch said. “He has helped lead downtown Huntingburg into a vibrant rural community and his involvement at the local level will be an asset as communities across Indiana work with OCRA to find new successful strategies to further strengthen our economic growth.”
In his new role, Spinner will lead the agency as it works with local, state and national partners to provide resources and technical assistant to aid communities in shaping and achieving their vision for economic and community development.
Prior to his appointment at OCRA, Spinner chaired the Huntingburg Stellar Committee, which received the Stellar Community designation from the state in 2014. He is also a former president of the executive board for Accelerate Indiana Municipalities (Aim).
“It is an honor to accept this leadership position and I enthusiastically look forward to working with the lieutenant governor and OCRA to discover opportunities to partner with and strengthen communities across our state,” Spinner said. “I believe the experience of leading Huntingburg has prepared me to bring a new vision to OCRA that can help Hoosiers realize how vital our rural communities are in truly creating one Indiana.”
Spinner replaces Matt Crouch, who was named interim director in May. Crouch will resume his duties as the deputy director of OCRA.
“Matt has been an exceptional leader for our agency for several years and provided great insight as the state helped rural Indiana navigate its way through the pandemic,” Lt. Gov. Crouch said. “Thank you for continuing to be a key part of the OCRA team as we head into 2021.”
Spinner and his wife Shari have three grown children and seven grandchildren.