INDIANAPOLIS | Former state Rep. Suzanne Crouch, R-Evansville, was sworn in Thursday as Indiana's new state auditor, becoming the third person to hold that post since August.
Retired Indiana Chief Justice Randall Shepard, an Evansville native, administered the oath of office to Crouch, moments after Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed her official commission, during a low-key ceremony in the governor's office.
"We are grateful and honored for her willingness to serve the people of Indiana in this new capacity," Pence said. "She brings a wealth of experience and a reputation for leadership and character that will serve all people with great distinction."
Crouch, a former two-term Vanderburgh County auditor, was in her fifth term as state representative when Pence asked her last month to become state auditor. She said she agreed because she believes there is no job more important in state government.
"It was meant to be that I do this, and I welcome the challenge and the opportunity to serve the people of Indiana," Crouch said. "Pomp and ceremony isn't nearly as important as doing the job."
She immediately got to work following the midday event, leaving Pence's office and heading right into a meeting with her department directors and staff.
"Having been a county auditor, I'm familiar with the functions of the office," Crouch said. "But I want to know what tools they need to be the very best employees and the very best office in state government. That's my goal."
The auditor of state is Indiana's chief financial officer and responsible for paying the state's bills on time, ensuring local governments receive their tax distributions and maintaining the state's transparency portal.
Crouch replaces former State Auditor Dwayne Sawyer, a Pence appointee who resigned for unspecified personal reasons in December after just four months in office.
Two-term State Auditor Tim Berry resigned in August to become chairman of the Indiana Republican Party.
Crouch said this summer she will seek the Republican state auditor nomination to run in November for her own four-year term.