LaPorte mayor interviews for state auditor vacancy

2013-07-15T13:23:00Z 2013-07-15T20:14:21Z LaPorte mayor interviews for state auditor vacancyBy Dan Carden dan.carden@nwi.com, (317) 637-9078 nwitimes.com

INDIANAPOLIS | LaPorte Mayor Blair Milo could become Indiana's next state auditor.

The first-term Republican met Monday with Gov. Mike Pence about the possibility of Milo finishing the term of State Auditor Tim Berry, who is expected to resign July 22 after being elected state Republican chairman.

"I was asked by leaders in the Republican Party to consider the opportunity to participate in the interview process for state auditor and met with the governor and his chief of staff earlier today," Milo said Monday afternoon.

She said she was "honored to be considered amongst a group of very qualified candidates," and she appreciates "the opportunity to serve and support the Indiana team in the best manner possible."

Pence has so far interviewed six people, including Milo, for the position as Indiana's chief financial officer, responsible for overseeing the state's financial accounts and paying its bills.

He said last week he's looking to find "who the best person would be to serve our state in this critically important role." The new auditor is likely to be named next week.

The governor said he expects the person he appoints to finish the year-and-a-half remaining in Berry's term also will seek the GOP auditor nomination in 2014 and run statewide for his or her own four-year term.

Milo, a reserve officer in the U.S. Navy, defeated Democratic incumbent Kathy Chroback in November 2011 to win election as LaPorte mayor at age 28, the youngest mayor in city history.

She said earlier this year she considers the expansion of the Thomas Rose Industrial Park, Fitness Fridays and a community-wide commitment to problem-solving her top achievements in office.

The last state auditor to hail from Northwest Indiana was Republican John Gallagher, of Munster, who served from 1966-68.

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