Pence names Suzanne Crouch new auditor

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INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 16, 2013) – Gov. Mike Pence named Rep. Suzanne Crouch as Indiana’s new auditor.

She will complete the term held by Dwayne Sawyer, which runs through 2014. Sawyer announced his resignation in late November, just three months after taking the job. Sawyer cited “family and personal concerns” for his decision to step down.

Crouch served two terms as auditor of Vanderburgh County and was president of the Vanderburgh County Board of Commissioners. She was elected to the Indiana General Assembly in 2005 and is Vice Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. She also served on the Public Health Committee. During her time in the General Assembly, Crouch co-authored and helped pass Indiana’s Major Moves to fund roads and the I-69 extension from Evansville to Indianapolis.

Pence said Crouch has a “lifetime of experience and a heart for public service.” He said her career in local government and financial background will serve the position well.

“(She) knows how to get things done and how to get things done right,” said Gov. Pence. “She’s going to be a great auditor for the state of Indiana.”

“I’m excited about the challenge, and I’m excited about the opportunity to serve in this capacity,” said Crouch.

The state auditor has four primary duties: 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.

Crouch has a Bachelor’s of Science from Purdue University. She is married and has one daughter.

Erin Sheridan, the chief of staff for the Office of the Auditor, will serve as auditor on an interim basis until Jan. 2, 2014.

Crouch said she would run for the office next year, at the completion of the current term. One potential opponent, Democrat Mike Claytor, was critical of the governor’s selection.

“Why does the Governor think that the best qualification for our state’s Chief Financial Officer is a career in the Indiana Republican Party? When he appointed Auditor Sawyer, he mentioned four times in his speech that he was qualified because of his devotion to the party. The new Auditor has a degree in political science, is a former GOP county chairwoman, and is a career politician,” said a representative from the Claytor campaign.

House Speaker Brian Bosma provided the following statement about Crouch’s appointment to the office:

“I am thrilled that one of our veteran team leaders, Suzanne Crouch, has been selected as Indiana’s next State Auditor. Her prior experiences as Vice Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, serving two terms as the Auditor of Vanderburgh County and serving as a County Commissioner will serve her new position well. She will certainly be missed as a member of our Caucus and a fiscal leader on our Ways and Means Committee, but I am pleased that the Governor has selected a proven elected official for this critical position and am confident she will serve our state well,” said Bosma in a written statement.