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Executive director of White River State Park Development Commission steps down

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Carolene Mays-Medley, executive director of the White River State Park Development Commission, is stepping down from her post in order to pursue a lifelong goal of being an inspirational public speaker and to create a mentorship program for Black leaders.

Her departure was announced by Gov. Eric Holcomb on Aug. 3.

“Carolene has served her community as a state representative, as commissioner of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission and in her current position at the White River State Park Development commission,” Holcomb said in a statement. “Her legacy is the TCU ampitheater at White River State Park. From design to construction to opening day, Carolene was there every step of the way, and the result is a beautiful space that elevated the park, the city and our state. It will forever be a destination for Hoosiers and visitors to our state the very best we offer. We can all be proud of Carolene’s leadership and what came from it.”

During her time as executive director at the White River State Park Development Commission, she improved the safety of the park through infrastructure and garage improvements, an updated security system and improved training for staff. Mays-Medley also forged partnerships and sponsorships that allowed for free events at the park to increase access for all Hoosiers. From 1998 to 2010, Mays-Medley served as president of the Indianapolis Recorder.

Her last day is Oct. 15.

“I have been extremely blessed and honored to serve under Gov. Holcomb,” Mays-Medley said. “He has been very encouraging and supportive, which has allowed me to not only successfully accomplish and complete a lot of endeavors in White River State Park, but also to flourish and soar as a leader. I am grateful for his trust, consideration and leadership.”

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