State Representative Suzanne Crouch was introduced as the next state Auditor Monday. She takes office on January 2.
Crouch was chosen because of an extensive resumé that includes service as a county auditor. She has also been a county GOP chairwoman, a county commissioner, and currently holds a leadership position on the House Ways and Means committee.
Governor Mike Pence named Crouch to fill out a term in the Auditor’s office that ends next year. She succeeds Dwayne Sawyer who resigned effective yesterday for personal reasons after serving just about 4 months in office.
Crouch will run for election as Auditor in 2014 and the governor says she didn’t apply for the job.
When asked if the governor’s call came out of the blue, Crouch said, “Oh yeah, yes, the governor called me and so upon some reflection and upon some discussion with my husband we decided that this was the next thing that perhaps I should do.”
“I just think she is uniquely qualified to serve Indiana as Auditor of State,” said Governor Pence.
Crouch will resign her seat in the House of Representatives and a replacement will be chosen by precinct committeemen in Evansville.
Because she is from southern Indiana her selection also gives Republicans some geographic diversity on the 2014 ticket, something that seemed unlikely until this morning.
Democrats are are still pursuing answers about the vetting of Dwayne Sawyer and State Democratic Chairman John Zody questioned why his public records request has not been met.
The governor said the vetting process in his administration has been improved but wouldn’ spell out how.