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Tuesday, August 13, 2019 1:00 am

Adjutant general of Guard resigns

Faces defamation suit tied to affair

NIKI KELLY | The Journal Gazette

INDIANAPOLIS – Courtney Carr, adjutant general for the Indiana National Guard, resigned effective Friday – “upon recommendation” by Gov. Eric Holcomb – after a lawsuit was filed accusing Carr of defamation.

“I received his resignation letter Saturday, and I thanked him for his service to our state and country,” Holcomb said in a news release Monday.

Carr had been adjutant general since 2015. Brig. Gen. Timothy Winslow will serve as the interim adjutant general. Winslow is a career Army National Guard aviator and was promoted to brigadier general in May.

“I want to thank Gov. Holcomb for the distinct opportunity to serve as the adjutant general,” Carr said. “It has been my honor to lead the exceptional soldiers and airmen of the Indiana National Guard.”

His departure comes after a former contract worker for the Guard filed suit Aug. 1 in Marion County accusing Carr of having an extramarital affair with an employee and retaliating against the woman who reported it.

According to the lawsuit, Shari McLaughlin began work as a contractor in May 2017. She was assigned a mentor, who then began a sexual relationship with Carr around June 2017.

Court records said the woman shared information with McLaughlin, including pictures, video and texts. McLaughlin also once served as a lookout for Carr and the other woman during a rendezvous at a hotel.

McLaughlin claims that after she came forward with concerns, she was subject to retaliation, unwarranted write-ups, false accusations and intimidation.

She resigned in the summer of 2018, the lawsuit said, but she claims Carr got her fired from her new job with a federal contractor running a military program.

The lawsuit said “Carr intentionally interfered with McLaughlin's business relationship with Alutiiq by threatening to terminate Alutiiq's contract to conduct business in the state of Indiana.”

The Indiana National Guard will continue to be a ready and reliable force, and its mission will not be interrupted during this transition, a news release said. 

The Indiana Army and Air National Guard are reserve components of the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force.

During times of national emergency, National Guard members may be called into active federal service by the president of the United States.

During times of peace, the National Guard is commanded by the governor.

In its state role, the National Guard assists local law enforcement agencies during emergencies as directed by the governor.

nkelly@jg.net