Chris Gaal (D)
Monroe County Prosecuting Attorney, 10th District
Chris Gaal’s parents came to the United States as refugees from Hungary following the 1956 uprising against Soviet occupation. His father got a job working at Cummins Diesel Engine Company in Columbus, Indiana. Chris moved to Bloomington in 1985 to attend Indiana University. He has been active in the community over the years working on a range of social and environmental issues. After graduating from the Indiana University School of Law – Bloomington, Chris joined the law firm of R.T. Miller & Associates, and later became a partner in the firm Miller & Gaal. Chris was elected to the Bloomington City Council in 1999 to represent District 6. He was re-elected to the council in 2003 as an At-Large representative. Chris was then elected Monroe County Prosecuting Attorney in 2006, where he has worked hard to professionalize the office, and develop greater ties with the community to address important public safety issues such as elder crimes, sexual assault, and dropout prevention. Chris Gaal is married to Dr. Beth Florini, and they have a three-year-old daughter Ava. In his spare time, Chris enjoys an active lifestyle hiking, biking, sailing, kayaking, and playing guitar.
*Monroe County Prosecuting Attorney, 2007 to Present.
*2010 Outstanding Legal/Court Professional – Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault (INCASA).
*2009 Visionary Leader Award – Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce.
*2008 Outstanding Service Award – Campus-Community Commission on Alcohol.
*National College of District Attorneys:
oTrial Advocacy Training
*National District Attorneys Association:
oExecutive Program Course
oCareer Prosecutor Course
o Evidence for Prosecutors
*Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council:
oLethal Weapon: OWI Homicide
oToxicology for Prosecutors
oProsecuting the Drugged Driver
oStandardized Field Sobriety Testing for Prosecutors
*Foundation of Monroe County Community Schools, Board Member.
*Chamber of Commerce Franklin Initiative Advisory Board Member.
*Monroe County Community Corrections Advisory Board.
*Monroe County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.
*Regional Service Council, Department of Child Services.
*Bloomington City Council:
oAt Large Representative 2004-2006,
oDistrict VI 2000-2003.
oVice President 2001.
*Miller & Gaal, Attorneys at Law, 1998-2006.
*Indiana Trial Advocacy College, 1999.
*Kelley School of Business, Instructor in Business Law, 2004.
*Bloomington Plan Commission, 2001, 2005, 2006.
*Indiana Planning Association, Award for Distinguished Leadership by an Elected Official, 2003.
*WFHB Bloomington Community Radio, Board of Directors, 2001-2003.
*Monroe County Solid Waste District, Board of Directors, 2000.
*Bloomington Environmental Resources Advisory Committee, 2000-2006.
* Jack Hopkins Social Services Funding Committee, 2002-2006.
*Bloomington Economic Development Corporation, 2002-2003.
*Graduate of Indiana University School of Law – Bloomington.
*Bachelor of the Arts, Indiana University, Bloomington.
The new initiative is a public-private partnership to inform consumers that smurfing, or purchasing medicines for meth makers, is a criminal offense.
A $1.3 million deficit has been trimmed, but other governmental agencies are still asking for more money in the coming year, not less.
The prosecutor's office pre-trial diversion fund will be out of money by this summer.
Monroe County Prosecuting Attorney, Democrat Chris Gaal was re-elected this evening.