Nommay first woman to lead Northern Indiana U.S. Attorney’s Office

Editor’s note: This story has been updated.

Tina L. Nommay has been named acting U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, continuing her record of breaking gender barriers by becoming the first woman to lead that office.

Nommay follows Gary Bell, who served as acting U.S. attorney after the former U.S. attorney for the Northern Indiana District, Thomas Kirsch, was confirmed to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. Bell has resigned to take a position as the clerk for the Northern Indiana District Court.

In her nearly 30-year career with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern Indiana District, Nommay has worked in several roles. Along the way, she made history by becoming the first female first assistant U.S. attorney and is believed to be the first female criminal division chief.

Nommay will remain the acting U.S. Attorney until the White House nominates and the Senate confirms someone for that position in the Northern Indiana District.

“I will continue the District’s long tradition of seeking justice and protecting the citizens of the Northern District of Indiana by prosecuting those individuals who violate federal law,” Nommay said in a news release. “My office will continue to promote public safety throughout Northern Indiana by coordinating our efforts with federal, state, tribal and local law enforcement agencies, local prosecutors, along with civic and community groups.”

A 1987 graduate of Valparaiso Law School, Nommay served as a judicial law clerk in the Hammond Division of the Northern District of Indiana for two years. She then became an assistant U.S. attorney in the Fort Wayne Division beginning in 1989. She started in the civil division before transitioning in 1992 to the criminal division, where she prosecuted a wide range of criminal cases.

In 2012, Nommay was promoted to branch chief of the Fort Wayne Division, and in October 2020 she was promoted to chief of the criminal division. Most recently she was named first assistant U.S. attorney.

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