The Indianapolis Department of Public Safety announced that Ellen Corcella has joined the staff as the new chief of professional standards.
Corcella has 25 years of legal expertise and is an accomplished trial attorney. She earned her law degree in 1982 from Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C. She is licensed to practice law in Indiana and also is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, the Northern District of Indiana, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and the U.S. Appeals Court for the Second Circuit.
"Ms. Corcella brings extensive legal and prosecutorial experience to the Department of Public Safety," said Director Frank Straub. "I believe, under her leadership, DPS Professional Standard's programs, policies, procedures and practices will be strengthened, our service to the community enhanced, and our continuing efforts to re-engineer the department significantly enhanced."
Corcella has lived in Indiana for the past 10 years. She served as a deputy prosecuting attorney in St. Joseph and Marion counties. She also served as a deputy public defender.
As the supervisor of the Marion County prosecutor's grand jury division, Corcella successfully prosecuted cases involving public corruption and white-collar crime, including embezzlement, tax fraud, ponzi schemes, contract fraud and identity theft. Her accomplishments include convicting a defendant who stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from Indiana's "Build Indiana Fund" and convincing a jury to convict Steven Halcomb of murdering his ex-wife, Karen Jo Smith, without forensic evidence and without the victim's body. Steven Halcomb is now serving a 95-year prison sentence.