State Rep. Suzanne Crouch named new Indiana state auditor
INDIANAPOLIS — A Republican lawmaker from southwestern Indiana was named the new state auditor Monday, just weeks after her predecessor stepped down four months into the job.
Gov. Mike Pence tapped Evansville Rep. Suzanne Crouch to succeed Dwayne Sawyer, who resigned Nov. 26 “due to family and personal concerns.” His last day was Sunday.
Sawyer was the first black Republican to hold a statewide office in Indiana and had been expected to seek a full term as the state’s chief financial officer in next year’s election.
Instead, Crouch will serve out the remainder of former Auditor Tim Berry’s term. Berry vacated the job to run the Indiana Republican Party.
Crouch served two terms as the Vanderburgh County auditor and was president of the Vanderburgh County Board of Commissioners before being elected to the General Assembly in 2005. She has served as vice chairman of the budget-writing House Ways and Means Committee.
“Suzanne Crouch has a lifetime of experience and a heart for public service,” Pence said in a statement Monday. “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 auditor accounts for all state money, pays the state’s bills, pays state employees and oversees county, city, town and school tax distributions.
Crouch is a graduate of Purdue University. She and her husband, Larry Downs, have a daughter.