By Christian Sullivan
INDIANAPOLIS – Tera Klutz’s life changed only a week ago when Gov. Eric Holcomb announced she would become Indiana’s new auditor.
Klutz, the now-former Allen County auditor, was sworn into office Monday and fills the role being vacated by Suzanne Crouch who was elected to serve as lieutenant governor.
Auditor Tera Klutz speaks on her behalf after getting sworn in. Klutz explained how she can be trusted with Indiana’s “hard-earned” money. Photo by Logan Macaluso, TheStatehouseFile.com
“Tera Klutz, with her years of experience as a county auditor and as a certified public accountant, is ready to immediately assume the duties of Indiana’s chief financial officer,” Gov. Eric Holcomb said in a statement.
During her speech at the inauguration, Klutz said Holcomb took her to lunch at Olive Garden for an interview, because he had a gift card.
Similarly she promised to be careful with Hoosiers money.
“I pledge today and every day to earn your trust by working hard to ensure that your tax money is properly recorded and accounted for,” she said, “by dealing with issues right away, instead of sweeping them under the rug or passing them off to another agency.”
Klutz is the first certified public accountant to hold the office. She won her first election in 2010 when she became the Allen County auditor. She was then re-elected in 2014.
From 2013 to 2016, Klutz oversaw and directed legislative priorities as the chair of the Association of Indiana Counties’ Legislative Committee. Additionally, she has regularly testified before committees of the Indiana General Assembly.
Before Klutz was actively involved in public service, she was the senior accountant and auditor with PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Crowe Chizek accounting firms. During her time at these firms, she participated in financial audits of corporations, service firms and also nonprofit organizations.
In her free time, Klutz is actively involved in her community as a lunch buddy in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Through the St. Michael Lutheran Church, she is also a leader of a small group Bible study.
“Tera Klutz has done an outstanding job as the Allen County auditor and she will be equally great as our new state auditor. The people of Indiana are lucky to have her looking out for them,” Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Way, said in a statement.
Christian Sullivan is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.