But he called local government officials the unsung heroes.
“We will spend a lot of time working together in the coming months,” Sawyer said. “Thank you for all you do on the front lines.”
He added his experience on the Brownsburg Town Council — including managing a budget of more than $40 million and passing that community’s largest-ever tax cut — gives him a good perspective on the importance of tax disbursements on the local and county levels. As does his professional background developing and implementing financial systems, information technology, and project management for the likes of Roche Diagnostics, Dow AgroSciences, and Eli Lilly.
“I will use those experiences to achieve the goals I have outlined,” Sawyer said.
He reserved the status of most important guests at the ceremony for his family. They included his wife Melissa and their three children, his 96-year-old grandmother, and his father, who is retired from the Air Force.
“I’ve learned that serving my family is the most important job I truly have,” Sawyer said.
His vision as auditor will be guided by one of this country’s most important political figures ever — Abraham Lincoln. Specifically his quote, “Don’t worry if you’re not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.”
“I can assure you we will give our best effort and strive to stand firm, protecting Indiana’s financial resources by being fiscally conservative and following the example of certain leaders who came before us,” Sawyer said.