County prosecutor will serve as state attorney general chief deputy

Dearborn and Ohio County Prosecutor Aaron Negangard announced during the Dearborn County Council meeting Tuesday night, Nov. 22, that he will be leaving his position as county prosecutor to serve as chief deputy for  state attorney general-elect Curtis Hill starting Monday, Jan. 9.

Republican Hill was elected as the new attorney general during the Tuesday, Nov. 8, general election over Democrat Lorenzo Arredondo. Hill served as prosecutor for Elkhart County.

Negangard was originally appointed county prosecutor in 2006, when then-prosecutor Sally Blankenship was appointed by past Gov. Mitch Daniels to serve as judge for the newly-created Dearborn County Superior Court No. 2. He was elected to the postion later that same year. He served as a deputy prosecutor and chief deputy prosecutor since 1997. He was last elected in 2014.

According to the Indiana Election Division, a vacancy for prosecuting attorney is filled by a caucus of the district precinct committeemen affiliated with the political party that elected the candidate who vacated the offic

Among the duties currently served by the chief deputy is a liaison between the attorney general's office and the Indiana General Assembly.

Negangard said he hopes what he has learned during his time as county prosecutor will help him keep the entire state safe and secure.

"I hate to lose you. Indiana's gain is our loss," said county council president Liz Morris.