Dwayne Sawyer

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Dwayne Sawyer
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Indiana Auditor of State
Former officeholder
In office
August 19, 2013 - December 15, 2013
PartyRepublican
PredecessorTim Berry (R)
Compensation
Base salary$72,974
Elections and appointments
First electedN/A
AppointedAugust 19, 2013
Appointed byGov. Mike Pence (R)
Term limits8 years in any 12 year period
Prior offices
Brownsburg Town Councilman, Ward 2
Education
Bachelor'sPurdue University
Personal
ProfessionSoftware engineer
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Dwayne Sawyer is a former Republican Indiana Auditor of State.[1][2] He was appointed to the position by Gov. Mike Pence and was sworn into office on August 19, 2013. He stepped down on December 15, 2013. Pence asked office chief of staff Erin Sheridan to fill in for Sawyer until his appointed successor, Republican state Rep. Suzanne Crouch, officially took over on January 2, 2014.[3]

Less than four months after his appointment went into effect, Sawyer sent shock-waves through Indiana's political ranks when he announced his resignation, effective Dec. 15, 2013. Sawyer cited family reasons in the letter of resignation he tendered to Gov. Pence on November 25.[4][5]

Sawyer's predecessor, Tim Berry, stepped down about eighteen months prior to his term end date in order to become chairman of the Indiana Republican Party.[6]

Berry's resignation went into effect immediately upon his election as state party chair on July 22, 2013, thus activating Pence's gubernatorial authority to appoint an interim auditor to serve out the remainder of Berry's unexpired term.[7] Before tapping Sawyer for the job, Pence had said that he wanted to replace Berry with someone who would run for a full term in 2014.[7]

Like Pence and Berry, Sawyer is a member of the Republican Party. His appointment made him the first African-American from the party to hold statewide office in Indiana history.[8]

The auditor seat is next up for election in 2014. Prior to his resignation, Sawyer had been expected to pursue a full term in the office. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Biography

Sawyer was brought up in an Air Force family, and lived in a number of different places - including Ohio, Nebraska, California, New York, Indiana and Japan - before graduating from high school. He went on to attend Purdue University, where he studied computer technology.

Since earning his degree, Sawyer has spent his entire career in the state of Indiana. Before entering politics, he worked as a senior software engineer for Positron, a molecular imaging company focused on Nuclear Cardiology. He also served as the elected representative to Ward 2 on the Brownsburg Town Council.[9]

Education

  • B.S. in computer technology - Purdue University

Political career

Indiana Auditor (August-December, 2013)

Sawyer was appointed in August 2013 and his resignation took effect on December 15, 2013. He was appointed by Gov. Pence to replace former auditor Tim Berry, who created an unscheduled vacancy in the office when he was elected chair of the Indiana Republican Party.[2]

Elections/Appointments

2014

See also: Indiana down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Had Sawyer remained in office, he would have been eligible to seek election to a full term as Indiana Auditor of State in 2014. Before he appointed Sawyer as Berry's replacement, Gov. Pence said he was looking for someone who was not only qualified to fill the role temporarily, but also interested in a longer-term commitment to the auditor's office. Thus, Sawyer's appointment implied that he would run for a four-year term in 2014, and made his abrupt resignation in November 2013 all the more surprising.[7] The general election took place November 4, 2014.

2013

Sawyer was appointed as Indiana Auditor of State by Gov. Mike Pence (R) on August 15, 2013. Pence stated, "I chose Dwayne Sawyer to be the auditor of state because he's the best person for the job."[10]

Personal

Sawyer and his wife, Melissa, have three children together: Cassandra, Grace and Garrett.[11]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Tim Berry (R)
Indiana Auditor of State
August 19, 2013 - December 15, 2013
Succeeded by
Erin Sheridan (Interim)