Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Letters to the Editor

May 30, 2014

READER POINT OF VIEW: The auditor’s office doesn’t audit

When Governor Pence asked me to take the position of Indiana Auditor of State back in January, it was a difficult decision to make. My focus as a State Representative was on being responsive to my district in Southwest Indiana, not on the next “big thing” politically.

Governor Pence asked me to take some time and reflect on the opportunity with my husband and family in order to make the best decision for the State and for me. As we started discussing this opportunity to serve Hoosiers in a different role, I took that time to think back on the journey my life has taken over the last several years, bringing me to this point.

In 1995, I started my public service as the Auditor of Vanderburgh County. I then went on to serve as the Vanderburgh County Commissioner and eventually as a State Representative where I was the Vice Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, the committee tasked with creating our state’s biennial budget. I gained meaningful executive, legislative and fiscal experience at both state and local levels which all prepared me to take on the role of Auditor of State.

This conclusion confirmed that accepting the role as auditor was the right answer, and it has proven to be one of the best decisions I ever made.

Since taking office and traveling the state talking to Hoosiers, I realized just how little is known about the State Auditor’s Office — even though it truly is one of the most important offices in the operation of state government. One interesting fact about my office is that the name is rather misleading; my office doesn’t actually audit. The State Board of Accounts, a separate agency, does the auditing for state and local governments.

The Auditor is the Chief Financial Officer of Indiana. My office is tasked with several crucial jobs, including:

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