INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Gov. Mike Pence made the formal announcement Thursday morning that Dwayne Sawyer will be the next state auditor.
The selection of Sawyer is an historic one. He will be the first African American from the GOP to serve in a statewide office in Indiana.
Pence said he chose Sawyer to be the state's top financial officer because he was the most qualified applicant available to serve out the remainder of Tim Berry's term. Berry is now the state GOP Chairman.
Sawyer is the president of the Brownsburg Town Council. He has a background in information technology. He also downplayed the historic nature of his selection.
"I think we recognize that it is what it is," he said, "but my focus is serving all the people of Indiana with distinction, serving well."
Pence said it was a tough decision.
"We had some outstanding men and women that we interviewed from all over the state of Indiana for this position,” the governor said.
Sawyer will be sworn in during a Statehouse ceremony on Monday. He is already planning to run for re-election in 2014 and says he was considering a bid for auditor next year before Berry decided to step down.
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