Berry resigns as Indiana auditor to head state GOP

Tim Berry (photo from campaign website)
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Indiana state Auditor Tim Berry has resigned that office to begin fulltime as the new state Republican Party chairman.

The governor's office says Governor Mike Pence accepted Berry's resignation and will name his replacement on Thursday.

Berry became the state Republican chairman last month after being picked for that position by Pence. Indiana Democrats criticized him for remaining in office over the past few weeks.

"Taxpayers have spent almost a month funding his political activity while he 'volunteered' as a party boss. We believe Hoosier taxpayers deserve better, and they probably deserve a refund for the time Chairman Berry remained in public service while engaging in a political role," said Indiana Democratic Party Chair John Zody,

Berry is from Fort Wayne and was first elected state auditor in 2006 after serving eight years as state treasurer. The new auditor's term will run through the end of 2014, with that office up for election next year.

The governor's office says deputy auditor Kirke Willing is serving as the interim state auditor.

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