INDIANAPOLIS | Republican Dwayne Sawyer took the oath of office Monday to become Indiana's 55th state auditor.
Standing in the Statehouse's south atrium before more than 300 elected officials, state employees and other Hoosiers, Sawyer vowed to do all he can to make the work of the auditor's office meaningful for Indiana residents.
"The job of auditor is something I approach with the utmost respect, because I have a deep desire to serve my community and my state," Sawyer said.
The former president of the Brownsburg Town Council said nothing about the fact that he's the first black Republican to serve in statewide office.
Instead, Sawyer adopted a version of the "good to great" mantra of the man who appointed him, Gov. Mike Pence, and said, "Indiana's best days lie ahead ... and I will do my part to ensure that we get there."
The state auditor does not actually audit the financial records of the state or local governments. That is done by the State Board of Accounts.
The Indiana auditor, similar to the Illinois comptroller, pays the state's bills, distributes revenue to local governments and oversees the state's Transparency Portal.
Sawyer will finish the 16 months remaining in the second term of Tim Berry, who resigned last week to become chairman of the Indiana Republican Party.
The party must nominate Sawyer at its state convention next summer for him to run for a full term as auditor.