Plymouth Attorney James Clevenger has been appointed as chairman of the Indiana State Ethics Commission by Governor Mitch Daniels. A partner in the law firm of Wyland, Humphrey, Wagner, and Clevenger, LLP, Clevenger was appointed to the commission in 2004 by then-Governor Joe Kernan. He was later reappointed by Daniels in 2008.
Clevenger is a 1970 Plymouth High School graduate who received his undergraduate degree from Hanover College and his law degree from the Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis. His law practice includes general and trial, corporate, probate, administrative law, and litigation, and he has been the Marshall County Attorney since 1997.
The five-member State Ethics Commission has jurisdiction over all current and former state officers, current and former state employees and appointees, and anyone who has or has had a business relationship with any state agency. According to Clevenger, the commission’s function is to make sure state government and its employees are honest, fair, and beyond reproach.