Indiana Governor Mike Pence today announced Dwayne Sawyer as the new state auditor. Sawyer will finish former Auditor Tim Berry’s term, which runs through 2014. Sawyer, who was most recently in software development for Positron, and has also worked for Roche Diagnostics, Dow AgroSciences and Eli Lilly, will become the first black Republican to hold statewide office in Indiana. The swearing-in ceremony is this Monday [August 19] . Deputy Auditor Kirke Willing is serving as Auditor on an interim basis until then. Former auditor Tim Berry left after being elected chair of the State Republican Party.
Elected to the Brownsburg Town Council in 2009, Sawyer became president of the council in 2012.
Active in local politics since 2005, 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.
Sawyer also sits on the Board of Directors for the Hendricks County Regional Health YMCA. In 2013, he was appointed by Governor Pence to serve on the Indiana Commission on the Social Status of Black Males. Sawyer graduated from Purdue University.
The Auditor of the State 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.
[Photo/Brownsburg Town Council]