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Indiana Auditor Resigns

Just months after taking office, Indiana's new State Auditor is stepping down.
Just months after taking office, Indiana's new State Auditor is resigning.

On Tuesday, Governor Mike Pence's office announced it had accepted the resignation of Dwayne Sawyer, which takes effect December 15th.

Sawyer took over the Auditor's Office from Tim Berry in August, after Pence picked Berry as the new Indiana Republican Party Chairman.

In his resignation letter, Sawyer cites family and personal concerns as his reasons for stepping down.

"Due to family and personal concerns, I have come to the conclusion that it will be in the best interests of my family and the people of Indiana whom I have been honored to serve that I resign from the office of Indiana auditor of state", the letter read in part.

In his own statement, Pence said, "I have accepted Dwayne Sawyer's resignation as Auditor of State effective December 15, 2013. His reason for resigning had to do with personal and family circumstances, and I respect his decision to step aside. Hoosiers can be assured that Mr. Sawyer's resignation had nothing to do with his fiduciary responsibilities for the state or his execution of his duties as Auditor. This office will always be grateful for Mr. Sawyer's service and wish him well in his future endeavors."

Sawyer, the first African American Republican to hold a statewide office in Indiana, was expected to seek a full term in the 2014 election.
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