Clerk's Biography

Gregory C. Harrell

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.

 

Here to Serve & Protect the Public Trust

"Everyone can be great, because everyone can serve." -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.