INDIANAPOLIS — Republican Gov.-elect Eric Holcomb is retaining Mary Beth Bonaventura as director of the Indiana Department of Child Services.

The former Lake County juvenile court judge has led the state agency charged with protecting abused and neglected children for the past four years under Gov. Mike Pence.

Holcomb, who takes office Jan. 9, said he wants Bonaventura to remain on the job because she is "widely respected for her bold service in the department."

"Her relentless passion for child advocacy will serve Hoosier families and children well for years to come," Holcomb said. "I am proud to have her on our team."

The governor-to-be on Thursday also reappointed Jessica Robertson commissioner of the Department of Administration, the state's procurement and central management agency.

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Dan is Statehouse Bureau Chief for The Times. Since 2009, he's reported on Indiana government and politics — and how both impact the Region — from the state capital in Indianapolis. He originally is from Orland Park, Ill.