IPAC Executive Director David Powell to Retire


David Powell, the Executive Director of the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council, will step down from his role this fall after leading the organization for more than 8 years.

Powell has announced he will step down as IPAC’s Executive Director on October 3, 2019 and will retire on November 1, 2019. Chris Naylor, IPAC’s current Assistant Executive Director, will succeed him. The IPAC Board of Directors officially named Naylor to the post during a board meeting earlier this year.

A former Greene County Prosecutor for 20 years, Powell took over as the Executive Director of IPAC in September of 2011. In addition to providing quality training and resources for Indiana’s 91 elected prosecutors and their offices, Powell also took an interest in passionately advocating for prosecutors in the Indiana General Assembly. Powell is a member of several policymaking boards, making sure the voice of prosecutors is heard when key decisions are made in regards to law enforcement, criminal justice matters and community safety.

“Working at IPAC and supporting Indiana’s prosecutors has been a wonderful and rewarding experience,” Powell said. “I will always be grateful for the opportunity to serve Indiana’s hard working prosecutors.”

Chris Naylor has served as the IPAC Assistant Executive Director since October of 2013. A former elected prosecutor and deputy prosecutor for Jefferson and Switzerland Counties from 2000 to 2006, Naylor will officially become IPAC’s fourth Executive Director on October 4, 2019. Naylor also served as the Indiana Securities Commissioner from 2006 to 2013. Naylor graduated from DePauw University, earned his law degree from the IU – Robert McKinney School of Law, and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Butler University.  Naylor and his wife, Lydia, have two young sons.

“I’m excited to lead the IPAC team as we endeavor to support the efforts of prosecutors, deputy prosecutors and their staffs who are dedicated to upholding justice and contributing to safe, vibrant and healthy communities across Indiana,” Naylor said. “I look forward to collaborating with our partners in all branches of state and local government to take on the challenges that lie ahead.”

IPAC will start the selection process for a new Assistant Executive Director this month.