The judges of the Baton Rouge-based federal court announced that Michael McConnell is now the clerk of court, managing records and staff for the downtown courthouse.

McConnell took the oath of office on June 23. He replaces Nick Lorio, who retired from the position.

As clerk of court, McConnell works closely with U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson, the chief judge for the U.S. District Court of the Middle District of Louisiana, to meet administrative needs by managing staff, case loads and records, among other tasks.

He is also responsible for communication between the court and government agencies, the media, bar groups and the public.

McConnell joined the Middle District in January 2010 as the director of automation and technology. Before that, he worked in the same capacity in the federal court’s Western District. His career also includes working for Lockheed-Martin on the space shuttle’s external tank project for 13 years and spending 14 years in health care.

He attended the University of New Orleans, graduating with both an MBA and a bachelor of science degree in business administration.