Pence picks Dwayne Sawyer for new Indiana auditor

INDIANAPOLIS - Gov. Mike Pence has named Dwayne Sawyer as Indiana's next state auditor.

The governor's office says Sawyer will be sworn into office on Monday. The new auditor's term will run through the end of 2014, with that office up for election next year. Sawyer plans to run for election.

Sawyer comes to his new position from the Brownsburg Town Council, where he's been president since 2012. Sawyer was elected to the council in 2009.

Professionally, Sawyer is a financial analyst and information technology specialist. 

Sawyer will be the first African-American Republican to hold statewide office, but Pence said that was not a consideration.

"Dwayne's professional background, his experience in public service, his strong character and political involvement make him simply the best choice to serve as auditor for the people of Indiana," Pence said.

Former Auditor Tim Berry resigned Wednesday to begin working fulltime as the new state Republican Party chairman. He had been state auditor since 2007.

Deputy auditor Kirke Willing has been serving as the interim state auditor.

Duties of the auditor's office include accounting for state revenue and spending and making tax revenue distributions to local governments.

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