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Suzanne Crouch named as Indiana state auditor

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Governor Mike Pence announced Monday that Representative Suzanne Crouch will take over as auditor for the State for Indiana. She will complete the term held by Dwayne Sawyer which runs through 2014.

Sawyer resigned unexpectedly last month from his position, just three months after being sworn in. He appeared to be the governor's pick to run for full-term auditor in 2014, and the Mike Pence For Indiana campaign committee donated $10,000 to the Sawyer For Indiana campaign committee just weeks before his resignation - a sign the governor was blind-sided by Sawyer's resignation.

Now Crouch, who served as State Representative in District 78 since 2005, will take over the position. She served on the House Ways & Means Committee and co-authored Indiana's Major Moves infrastructure project. 

Crouch has also served as the county auditor in Vanderburg County. Gov. Pence called Crouch "uniquely qualified" and says he approached her about the job.  She takes over January 2, 2014.

"Suzanne Crouch has a lifetime of experience and a heart for public service," said Governor Pence. "Suzanne's fiscal leadership in the Indiana General Assembly, her distinguished public career in local government, and financial background will be valuable assets to our state."

The state auditor has four primary duties: accounting for all of the state's funds; overseeing and disbursing county, city, town and school tax distributions; paying the state's bills; and paying the state's employees.

Crouch received her degree from Purdue University. She is married to Larry Downs, and they have one daughter.

Erin Sheridan, the Chief of Staff for the Office of the Auditor, is serving as auditor on an interim basis until January 2.

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