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Brian Gensel seeking new term as County Prosecutor

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Porter County Prosecuting Attorney Brian Gensel has announced that he is seeking a third term as Porter County Prosecuting Attorney.

Gensel said in a statment Thursday that he is in his 26th year with the Porter County Prosecutor’s Office and was first elected to the position of Prosecutor in 2006 after serving as Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney since 1994. He joined the office in 1988 as a juvenile prosecutor and then spent 13 years as a felony prosecutor.

“I believe my long and varied experience as a prosecutor, coupled with the relationships I have cultivated with all Porter County law enforcement, Federal law enforcement and social service agencies makes me uniquely qualified to be the Porter County Prosecuting Attorney. I have a passion for bringing criminals to justice and a strong desire to build partnerships with all the agencies involved in the criminal justice system so that we can maintain the quality of life that Porter County residents deserve,” said Gensel.

Gensel said that he is proud of the accomplishments in his first and second terms, including securing $250,000 per year from the Porter County Council beginning in 2008 to expand the Porter County Drug Task Force by doubling the number of undercover agents in the unit.

In a further effort to fight drug crime, Gensel also brought the anonymous WeTip crime reporting hotline to Porter County for use by all law enforcement agencies.

The Porter County Prosecutor IV-D Child Support Enforcement Office is perennially one of the most efficient collectors of unpaid child support in the State of Indiana collecting nearly $13 million dollars in 2013.

Most recently, during the fall of 2013, Gensel added full-time Comfort Dog “Tony” to the staff to aid and assist child victims of assault and abuse.

Gensel has also supported the Harold Kelley Respite Men’s Recovery Center, along with supporting and staffing the Porter County Drug Court and Veteran’s Court. The Prosecutor’s Domestic Violence Unit was recently recognized by the United States Congress for its contributions in the fight against domestic violence and has provided training to hundreds of Porter County law enforcement personnel in the investigation of domestic violence and sexual assault.

He is an adjunct professor of law at Valparaiso University, teaching trial advocacy, coaches the Valparaiso High School mock trial team, and serves as an instructor at the Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy.

Gensel lives with his wife and two sons in Union Township.

 

Posted 2/6/2014