Dwayne Sawyer has been sworn in as the new state auditor, making him the first black Republican to hold a statewide office in Indiana.
The state's chief justice administered the oath to Sawyer during a ceremony Monday at the Statehouse.
Gov. Mike Pence appointed the Brownsburg Town Council president to complete the 16 months left in the term of former auditor Tim Berry, who was elected to his second term in 2010. Berry stepped down last week to take over as Indiana Republican Party chairman.
Sawyer is expected to seek a full term as the state's chief financial officer next year. Pence has said one of his requirements in picking a new auditor was a commitment to seeking a spot on the ballot.