INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence expects to quickly appoint a new state auditor to replace Dwayne Sawyer, whose previously announced resignation takes effect at 5 p.m. region time Sunday.
"My hope is that we will have an announcement in the coming days, and the people of Indiana can be assured that the administration of the auditor's office has gone forward and will continue to go forward, uninterrupted," Pence said.
The Republican governor said he's spoken with several candidates interested in the $74,000 a year job whose primary duty is paying Indiana's bills on time.
"Fortunately we have a strong bench of very talented men and women in the state of Indiana who have expressed an interest in serving as our state auditor," he said.
Pence said that list does not include two-term State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, who must leave office next year due to term limits. Mourdock was defeated in his 2012 bid for a U.S. Senate seat.
"Mr. Mourdock has not spoken to me about that position," Pence said.
Pence appointed Sawyer in August to replace two-term State Auditor Tim Berry, who resigned to become chairman of the Indiana Republican Party.
Sawyer, the first black Republican to hold statewide office, was expected to run in 2014 for his own four-year term.
Instead, Sawyer unexpectedly announced Nov. 26 that he'd resign on Dec. 15. His resignation letter cited unspecified "family and personal concerns."
Pence said Sawyer's resignation "had nothing to do with his fiduciary responsibilities for the state or his execution of his duties as auditor."
Sawyer was town council president in the Indianapolis suburb of Brownsburg prior to becoming state auditor.