Acting U.S. Attorney Bell named Indiana Northern District Court clerk

Acting U.S. Attorney Gary T. Bell has been named clerk of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana.

Bell will begin working for the Indiana Northern District Court on June 14 and will become clerk July 1, the court announced this week. He’ll fill the vacancy created by the retirement of clerk Robert Trgovich.

Bell is currently the acting U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, a position he took in December following former U.S. Attorney Thomas Kirsch’s appointment to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. The district has not yet announced who will succeed Bell as acting U.S. attorney, and the Biden administration has not yet nominated anyone to officially fill the position.

“Gary Bell has been an exceptional trial attorney handling complex criminal cases in the Northern District of Indiana for over 20 years,” Indiana Northern District Chief Judge Jon DeGuilio said in a statement. “He has in recent years assumed increasing responsibility for the supervision and management of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, culminating in his becoming the Acting U.S. Attorney. The Court is looking forward to Gary bringing his outstanding skill set to the position of Clerk of Court.”

As clerk, Bell will report directly to DeGuilio and the other judges of the Indiana Northern District Court. He’ll be tasked with legal and administrative duties such as managing the court’s budget, information technology, jury services and processing staff.

Bell joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 1999 and served as the first assistant U.S. attorney and criminal chief before becoming acting attorney. Prior to public service, he was a litigation associate at Spangler Jennings, & Dougherty PC.

Bell holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a JD from Indiana University Maurer School of Law. He’s been an adjunct professor at Calumet College of St. Joseph and at the now-closed Valparaiso University School of Law.

The Indiana Southern District Court also hired a new clerk one year ago, Roger Sharpe, who succeeded longtime clerk Laura Briggs.

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