Republican Dwayne Sawyer, president of the Brownsburg Town Council, said he was grateful for the governor’s trust as he was sworn in as the state’s new auditor on Monday at a Statehouse ceremony (Price, Statehouse File). Sawyer, who worked in financial management solutions at Roche Diagnostics, Dow AgroSciences and Eli Lilly & Co., is the first black Republican to hold a statewide office in Indiana. Chief Justice Brent Dickson swore Sawyer in. The appointment fills the vacancy left by former Auditor Tim Berry who resigned to become the chairman of the Indiana Republican Party. Pence said he chose Sawyer to serve as auditor because he was the best person to serve as a steward of Indiana’s resources. He said Sawyer brings professionalism and integrity with him to his new position. “From his service and leadership in the Brownsburg Town Council, where he managed to budget an excess of $40 million, he led his community through a period of unprecedented growth and tax relief,” Pence said. Several hundred people attended the event, which featured comments from Pence and Sawyer. Secretary of State Connie Lawson – who also hails from Hendricks County – also took part.