Gregory C. Harrell was elected as Clerk of Court and Comptroller for Marion County in 2020 and took office on January 5, 2021. He sees the Clerk's main role as being the independently elected protector of the County's official/court records, budget, and finances.
Mr. Harrell, who grew up in Ocala, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Virginia, and was awarded a one-year teaching fellowship at Millfield School in England, before attending and earning his Juris Doctor from the University of Florida, Levin College of Law, where he was a member of the Florida Law Review.
Mr. Harrell practiced law in the private sector in Tallahassee, Miami, and Ocala before becoming General Counsel to The Honorable David R. Ellspermann, his long-time predecessor and mentor as Clerk, in 2013. While General Counsel to the Clerk, Mr. Harrell was a member of the Florida Court Clerks and Comptroller's Legal Panel and Best Practices Workgroup and served on various statewide task forces related to the public's right of access to online documents and rules governing confidential court records.
Mr. Harrell is Chair-Elect for the United Way of Marion County, a member of the Board of Directors for the Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership (CEP), a District Committee member for the Boys Scouts of America, North Florida Council, West District, and a Troop Committee member for Troop 72 Ocala.
Mr. Harrell has served as President of the Marion County Bar Association, Vice President of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Marion County, Senior Warden for Grace Episcopal Church of Ocala, Chair of The Florida Bar's Grievance Committee for the Fifth Judicial Circuit, Board Member for the Public Education Foundation of Marion County, Board Member for the Munroe Regional Medical Center Foundation, Executive Committee Member for the UF Law Alumni Council, and as Cubmaster and Den Leader for Cub Scout Pack 194 Ocala. He is also a graduate of Leadership Ocala/Marion (Class XXXI) and Leadership Ocala Youth (Class I).
Mr. Harrell lives in Ocala with his wife, Stephanie, who is a local pediatrician, and their two children, Walker and Shealy.
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