Governor introduces Sawyer as new state auditor

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INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence introduced Dwayne Sawyer as the state’s new auditor.

Sawyer will complete the term of former Auditor Tim Berry, who resigned earlier this week.

The auditor has four primary responsibilities: accounting for all of the state’s funds; overseeing and disbursing county, city, town and school tax distributions; paying the state’s bills; and paying the state’s employees.

Pence said Sawyer brings plenty of experience in those fields. He’s worked in financial systems, information technology and project management at companies including Positron, Roche Diagnostics, Dow AgroSciences and Eli Lilly.

“I am truly honored for the opportunity to serve as part of the team,” Sawyer said. He also told reporters that he’d considered running for auditor in 2014 even before he was selected as Berry’s replacement. He is the first black Republican to hold statewide office in Indiana.

Sawyer has experience in local government, having been elected to the Brownsburg Town Council in 2009. In 2012, he became council president, helping lead the community through a period of growth while managing a $40 million budget.

“He has a heart for public service,” Pence said. “And he cut taxes (in Brownsburg).”

Sawyer also serves as the Secretary of the 4th District Republican Committee. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Hendricks County Republican Party and serves on the Board of Directors of the Indiana Leadership Forum and is a 2009 graduate of the program.

A graduate of Purdue University, Sawyer also sits on the Boards of Directors for the Hendricks County Regional Health YMCA. Pence appointed him to serve on the Indiana Commission on the Social Status of Black Males.

He will be sworn in on Monday, Aug. 19.