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Governor-Elect Holcomb Selects Allen County Auditor Tera Klutz To Be Next Auditor of State
Updated January 3, 2017 8:28 AM
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - Governor-elect Eric Holcomb this morning announced his selection of Allen County Auditor Tera Klutz to serve as Indiana's 57th Auditor of State beginning Monday, January 9, 2017. Current Auditor Suzanne Crouch will be vacating that position as a result of her election to the office of Lt. Governor.

Klutz, who was elected Allen County Auditor in 2010 and re-elected in 2014, will be the first certified public accountant to serve as Auditor of State in Indiana history. She previously served eight years as Chief Deputy Auditor in Allen County and is currently the president-elect of the Indiana Auditors' Association.

"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," said Governor-elect Holcomb. "Having provided efficient and effective government service to the citizens of one of Indiana's largest counties, I know she will be a valuable asset as we aim to provide exceptional state government service at a great taxpayer value to Hoosiers statewide."

Lt. Governor-elect Auditor Crouch said, "Tera not only has the invaluable experience of serving in local government and understanding the importance of delivering top-notch service to constituents, but she has also earned the respect and admiration of her fellow auditors who selected her to be president-elect of the Indiana Auditors' Association. I am honored that Tera Klutz will carry on the work we have done in the Auditor's Office and help take the office to the next level."

Senate President Pro Tempore David Long added, "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."

"On Election Night, Governor-elect Holcomb promised that his Administration would make history and his pick of Tera Klutz meets that threshold," said Holcomb-Crouch Transition co-chair Kyle Hupfer. "For the first time in Indiana's two-hundred year history, we will have a certified public accountant serving as Indiana's chief financial officer. That's a big win for Hoosiers who crave continued fiscal responsibility and government that lives within its means and puts taxpayers first."

Klutz will be sworn-in along with Governor-elect Eric Holcomb, Lt. Governor-elect Suzanne Crouch, Attorney General-elect Curtis Hill and Superintendent of Public Instruction-elect Dr. Jennifer McCormick at a ceremony at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on Monday, January 9, 2017.

Biography of Tera Klutz, CPA

Tera K. Klutz is a certified public accountant and currently serves as the County Auditor for Allen County, Indiana. First elected in 2010 by earning nearly 70% of the general election vote, she was re-elected to a second term in 2014. Prior to serving as Allen County Auditor, Tera served eight years as Allen County's Chief Deputy Auditor for then County Auditor Lisa Borgmann. As Allen County Auditor, Tera serves as the county's Chief Financial Officer responsible for forecasting the county's revenues and expenses, presenting budget recommendations to the county's fiscal body and overseeing the county's financial reporting requirements to State and Federal agencies.

From 2013 through 2016, Tera served as the Chair of the Association of Indiana Counties' Legislative Committee. As Chair, Tera oversaw and directed the Association's legislative priorities by assisting in the analysis and review of proposed legislation and regularly testified before committees of the Indiana General Assembly. Tera's leadership and participation in the Indiana Association of Counties led to her being the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding County Auditor of the Year award. Also actively involved with Indiana's other 91 elected county auditors, Tera was nominated and elected by her fellow Indiana county auditors to serve as the 2017 President-elect of the Indiana Auditor's Association. Tera maintains membership with the Government Finance Officials Association and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Prior to her public service, Tera was a senior accountant and auditor with the PriceWaterhouseCoopers, LLC and Crowe Chizek, LLC accounting firms where she led and participated in financial audits of corporations in a variety of industries including mid-to-large manufacturers, service firms and not-for-profits. In addition to such audit services, she regularly advised clients as to audit and internal control strategies, risk assessments and compliance with GAAP and GAS accounting standards.

Tera earned her Bachelor's Degree in accounting from Indiana University - Fort Wayne and passed the Indiana Board of Accountancy CPA. She is actively involved in her community and serves as a Lunch Buddy in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and leader of a small group bible study organized through the St. Michael Lutheran Church.

Tera is married to Zachary Klutz, an attorney and partner with the BarrettMcNagny LLP law firm in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Her husband serves as a Republican commissioner to the Indiana Election Commission being first appointed by Governor Mike Pence in 2014. Tera and Zach have two daughters, Alyx and Julian, along with a dog, Margo.

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