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Brownsburg town council head named new state auditor

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence announced Thursday that the president of the Brownsburg Town Council will serve as the new state auditor.

Pence praised Dwayne Sawyer's experience in local government and Republican Party politics at a Statehouse news conference.

Sawyer replaces Tim Berry, who was elected auditor in 2006 and again in 2010. Pence picked Berry to run the Indiana Republican Party earlier this summer and Berry has served in both roles until this week. He stepped down as auditor Tuesday to run the party full time.

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

Sawyer was picked from a long list of candidates, including a state representative, a top aide in the state pension system and others, to fill the 17 months left in Berry's term.

"This is truly a very monumental opportunity to serve the entire Hoosier state, and all my fellow Hoosiers," Sawyer said.

Pence's pick effectively blocks Treasurer Richard Mourdock from making the same transition Berry did seven years ago, from the treasurer's office to the auditor's. Mourdock and Berry were both term-limited from seeking re-election to their respective offices next fall.

The governor's announcement completes a bit of shuffling triggered earlier this summer, when former party Chairman Eric Holcomb announced he was leaving, along with a number of other top party officials who had worked closely with former Gov. Mitch Daniels. Holcomb took a job running U.S. Sen. Dan Coats' office.

Sawyer is to be sworn in Monday. Pence had appointed Sawyer this year to serve on the Indiana Commission on the Social Status of Black Males.

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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  • addition by subtraction
    With Sawyer gone, Brownsburg's loss is Brownsburg's gain. Next up: more addition by subtraction...encouraging Dewayne to hire Rob Kendall, thus, restoring order to our community.
  • Dwanye is incompetent
    Dwayne values a government that protects the freedom of citizens? REALLY??? What about our freedom to own our land outside of the town that he's grabbed away from us? The only thing this guy believes in is furthering his political career. He was appointed to a position that he was very unqualified for, he divided out town, and you say he is this great leader. Yea right. Let's see what he does after he is defeated in 2014!!
  • Unqualified
    This guy probably wouldn't even get elected dog catcher in his home town after his performance this year. He divided the Council and divided the town. Look at his profile on LinkedIn and explain to me what he has done in his career that would qualify him to be State Auditor (CFO). Unless Gov Pence needs him to create Access databases, I don't see anything there that would qualify him to be a junior accountant, let alone leader of the department.
  • Yeah, right.
    Glad the jerk is gone, but his appointment denies the voting public in Brownsburg to run him out of town at the next election. He has no place in public office.
  • Fact not Fiction
    I have known Dwayne for almost ten years. I watched the annexation vote and discussed the issue with him. Your fictitious statement demonstrates not only your lack of knowledge regarding the annexation issue, but your limited understanding of what Dwayne believes and stands for. Dwayne values strong families and a government that protects the freedoms of citizens. Like all people, he is not perfect, but he does what he believes is right. I am happy for him and our great state.
    • corrupt
      Sawyer proved to be completely corrupt during the annexation fight here in Brownsburg. Cut him open and you will find the heart of a Democrat.

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