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President Ferrero

On behalf of the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association let me welcome you to our web page.  It is my hope the information contained within will help you better understand the role of Ohio’s county prosecutors. An Ohio county prosecutor has a variety of roles and responsibilities other than as the chief criminal prosecutor within each county.   As legal counsel to a variety of County elected officials, offices and agencies your county prosecutor assists in ensuring efficient and responsible county government.  A Prosecutor’s primary role is to assist in promoting the safety and protection of individuals, families and our communities.  Administering justice for victims of crime and the citizens of our State is one responsibility in carrying out this role.  The position of county prosecutor also encompasses the obligation that all parties to the prosecution receive a fair trial based upon the laws and procedures in place at that time. Please take your time and look around.  Hopefully you will find information here that is educational, informative and relevant about your county prosecutor.

John D. Ferrero
Stark County Prosecutor
2015 OPAA President

Ohio's Judicial System: What you should know.

- what do county prosecutors do

- the grand jury

- plea agreements

- DNA testing

- death penalty

- roster of elected prosecutors

Upcoming Events:

Executive and Legislative Committee Meetings
January 2015, date and location TBD

Spring Training
April 23 & 24, 2015
Sheraton at Capitol Square

Summer Workshop
June 26 & 27, 2015
Breakers Hotel Cedar Point

Visit the Events page for full schedule of upcoming OPAA activities.




OPAA Member Profile:
Charles "Chip" McConville
Knox County Prosecutor

Chip McConville took office as Knox County’s 47th Prosecuting Attorney in July of 2014.  Immediately prior to his appointment, McConville served as Law Director for the City of Mount Vernon.  During his tenure, he successfully defended the City against a federal civil rights suit, won a labor arbitration concerning the termination of a police officer, and drafted Mount Vernon’s comprehensive Property Maintenance Ordinance.  For five years prior to becoming City Law Director, Chip McConville served as an Assistant Knox County Prosecutor.  McConville worked as the principal attorney for the Knox County Commissioners and handled the office’s appellate caseload, including jurisdictional briefings to the Ohio Supreme Court.  In 2012, McConville was the lead prosecutor in the case of Richard Posey, a drug dealer who forced addicted women into prostitution.  Posey was eventually convicted under the state RICO statute and was the first conviction under Ohio’s human trafficking law.
Chip graduated summa cum laude from Capital University Law School, where he served as an associate editor of the Law Review and was a member of the National Moot Court Team.  He worked as a law clerk for the United States Attorney’s Office in Columbus, as a judicial extern for U.S. District Court Judge Michael Watson, and as a law clerk for the Ohio Attorney General’s Environmental Enforcement Division.  He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Illinois. 
Prior to attending law school, Chip worked in government relations at the Ohio Statehouse.  He was a member of the government affairs staff of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce from 1995 to 2004, and from 1989 to 1994 he was a staff member for the Republican Caucus in the Ohio House of Representatives.  McConville also served as a research assistant for Sir Roger Gale, a British Member of Parliament.

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