Decorah native Rob Sand is sworn in as the new state auditor at the state capitol in Des Moines Wednesday.
Decorah native Rob Sand is sworn in as the new state auditor at the state capitol in Des Moines Wednesday.
After being sworn in as the new state auditor at the state capitol Wednesday, Decorah native Rob Sand announced his “tri-partisan” leadership team.
Sand, a Democrat, defeated incumbent Republican Auditor Mary Mosiman in last fall’s general election. It’s only the second time in more than 100 years that a Democrat is serving in the position.
Sand told the more than 200 guests at his swearing in ceremony that his leadership team would include a Democrat, a Republican and an Independent. They are Chief of Staff John McCormally, Performance and Investigations Division Deputy Annette Campbell and Financial Audit Division Deputy Marlys Gaston.
Two of the three contributed to his opponent’s campaign, but Sand said he didn’t care. He said he promoted them because “they are the most qualified people for the positions and, as I’ve always said, this office is about putting the public ahead of one’s party.”
The new state auditor also announced two new assistants who will be reporting to office leadership are persons of color under the age of 25.
“It’s important to have diversity in any office but especially in state government. I’m proud that of the five hires I’ve made, three are women, two are persons of color and my new chief of staff brings along the kind of law enforcement experience I talked about on the campaign.”
Sand is a former assistant state attorney general who specialized in prosecuting financial crimes.