Area law firm who ran for prosecutor named deputy AG

Indiana Lawyer Common-elect Todd Rokita has named Inspector General Lori Torres as main deputy legal professional normal and chief of team.

Torres, a Whiteland resident, was appointed to serve as inspector normal in 2017 by Gov. Eric Holcomb.

She ran unsuccessfully for Johnson County prosecutor previous calendar year, following previous prosecutor Brad Cooper was charged with many felonies stemming from a domestic battery incident at his Trafalgar home and ultimately taken out from workplace. 

At the time, she cited an absence of management, integrity, professionalism and function ethic merged with a lack of respect and accountability at the best amount of the prosecutor’s business office for a lengthy period of time as the motive an exterior leader was required, and claimed she experienced the file needed to provide as the prosecutor that the county expects and justifies.

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“The position is likely to be tough and it requires another person who is capable and seasoned,” Torres claimed throughout her operate for area business. “I enjoy my community, and persons requested me to do it. I requested for the governor’s blessing and I obtained it.”

Torres has previously worked in non-public apply, but has held other very seen roles in point out government. She was deputy commissioner and typical counsel of the Indiana Department of Transportation from 2014 to 2017, and was commissioner of the Indiana Division of Labor from 2006 to 2013.

With Torres as commissioner, the section of labor fined Indiana point out authorities immediately after an investigation into the Indiana State Reasonable phase collapse, and the University of Notre Dame following a university student died when superior winds induced a elevate to slide.

Her office environment led an investigation into outgoing Lawyer General Curtis Hill in 2018 soon after Hill was accused of drunkenly groping numerous girls, which includes a point out lawmaker. The inspector general’s report cited eyewitnesses who known as Hill’s actions inappropriate and “creepy” but reported that he didn’t break any point out ethics guidelines.

Torres also investigated potential wrongdoing within the Indiana Office of Veterans’ Affairs and concluded there was mismanagement at the state company but inadequate evidence for criminal or ethics charges.

Torres acquired her legislation degree from the IU McKinney School of Regulation.

“She is a experienced lawyer of the best integrity and exactly the form of leader we have to have to get motion for the citizens of our terrific state on day 1,” Rokita said in a prepared assertion.

The Indianapolis Enterprise Journal contributed to this report. 

The Torres File

Age: 59

Residence: Whiteland

Spouse and children: Husband, J. Marcos, two grown children, six grandchildren

Occupation: Tapped to be Deputy Attorney Standard

Education: Graduate of Greenwood Group High Faculty, Indiana University Bloomington and McKinney University of Law in Indianapolis

Memberships: Johnson County Bar Affiliation, American, Indiana State and Indianapolis bar associations, Neighborhood Christian Lawful Clinic right until 2006, Johnson County Authorized Assist Society right up until 2006, qualified family and business mediator, National Affiliation of Governmental Labor Officers till 2012, Johnson County Neighborhood Corrections Advisory Board until eventually 2002, Condition Board of Funeral and Cemetery Services until finally 2006, 4-H Basis of Indiana board of directors, FBI Citizens Academy, Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis until 2015, St. Thomas Extra Modern society board of directors until 2013, Johnson County Extensive Prepare update committee until 2010.