Update 1 p.m.
Rep. Suzanne Crouch, R-Evansville, has been named the next state auditor.
Governor Mike Pence made the appointment today after Dwayne Sawyer resigned last month.
Crouch is an eight-year veteran of the Indiana House of Representatives. When she officially takes office Jan. 2, she will become the third State Auditor in five months.
Her predecessor resigned after only four months in office, citing personal and family reasons.
The governor says Crouch was not a candidate for the position last time, nor did she ever approach his office about the job. But Pence says as a former Vanderburgh County Auditor and Commissioner, she is uniquely qualified for the role.
“Suzanne’s fiscal leadership in the Indiana General Assembly, her distinguished public career in local government and financial background will be valuable assets to our state,” Pence said in a statement.
Crouch has been a representative since 2005 and is the Vice Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.
She says she was surprised to get Pence’s call but that she and her husband decided this was the next step for her in public service.
“This is a unique opportunity to not only serve the entire state of Indiana but also to work with those bodies of government that I have been involved with and cherished the time I spent with them,” she says. “This is an opportunity to work with state government. It’s an opportunity to work with the governor’s office. It’s an opportunity to work with the legislature and with local governments.”
State Democratic Party Chair John Zody says Pence still owes Hoosiers answers regarding his vetting process for appointments after Sawyer’s sudden resignation.
Pence says his process is continually improving but would not give specifics.
Crouch will complete Sawyer’s term through 2014.
Erin Sheridan, the auditor’s chief of staff, is serving as interim auditor until Crouch takes office.
Governor Mike Pence plans to name a new state auditor today after the previous auditor resigned in November after just three months on the job.
State auditor Dwayne Sawyer resigned late last month, citing family and personal obligations.
Sawyer replaced then-auditor Tim Berry—who has since become the chair of the state Republican Party.
Governor Mike Pence accepted Sawyer’s resignation and said job performance played no part in the decision. At the time, the governor said he hoped to name a new auditor before Sawyer’s resignation took effect.
That happened Sunday. In the meantime, the auditor’s chief of staff Erin Sheridan has been named interim state auditor to help through the transition.