State Auditor Resigns After Three Months On The Job

Governor Pence accepted State Auditor Dwayne Sawyer's resignation this morning, just three months after Sawyer took office.

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Dwayne Sawyer resigned as State Auditor after three months on the job.

State Auditor Dwayne Sawyer has resigned just three months after taking the job.

The governor appointed Sawyer to the position in August, replacing now-State Republican Party Chair Tim Berry. Sawyer was the first African-American Republican to hold a statewide office.

The Brownsburg native submitted his letter of resignation to Pence Monday.  In it, Sawyer cites family and personal obligations as the reason for his departure.

Governor Mike Pence accepted Sawyer’s resignation this morning. In a statement, he says job performance played no part in Sawyer’s resignation.

“Mr. Sawyer made his decision for personal and family reasons and let me say that I respect his decision and I’m also going to respect his privacy,” Pence says.

Sawyer’s resignation is effective Dec. 15. Pence says he hopes to name a new State Auditor before then.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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