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President Ferrero

On behalf of the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association let me welcome you to our website.  Here you will find information about the role of prosecuting attorneys and our Association.

The prosecutor’s role in the criminal justice system is often misunderstood.  Ohio’s 88 elected county prosecutors are committed to justice.  The prosecutors I know aren’t motivated by “winning” or trying to send everyone to prison for as long as possible. They are motivated by their responsibility to enforce the law, to make their communities safe and to fairly administer justice. And fairness and justice is what matters most of all.  Prosecutors live this every day.

Part of our role is to have a voice in public policy debates affecting the criminal justice system. To that end, Ohio’s prosecutors serve an important function reviewing and advocating for legislation with one goal in mind – the safety and security of our communities.

Ohio’s prosecutors are active in community and civic affairs.  From speaking to school children about the dangers of drugs to serving on numerous committees and commissions, Ohio’s elected prosecutors and their assistants serve in vital roles.

As legal counsel to a variety of County elected officials, offices and agencies your county prosecutor assists in ensuring efficient and responsible county government. 

I’m proud to be a prosecutor and honored to serve as President of the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association.  Please take your time and look around.  Hopefully you will find information here that is educational and informative about your county prosecutor. 

Paul A. Dobson
Wood County Prosecutor
2017 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:

Please note the website is in the process of being updated to reflect new prosecutors. We hope to have this completed in the next few days.

Executive and Legislative committee meetings
Brio Polaris
March 23, 2017
10:30 Legislative, 1:00 Executive

Spring Training
Sheraton at Capitol Square Columbus
April 20th and 21th, 2017

Summer Workshop
Breakers Hotel Cedar Point
June 23rd and 24th, 2017

Fall Training
Wyndham Cleveland on Playhouse Square
September 14th and 15th, 2017

Juvenile Prosecutor Training
October 12, 2017
Sheraton at Capitol Square Columbus

Annual Meeting
November 30th and December 1st, 2017
HIlton Columbus Downtown

Visit our Events page for a calendar of upcoming OPAA activities.




OPAA Member Profile:
Joel Blue
Guernsey County Prosecutor

Joel BlueJoel Blue is the newly elected Guernsey County Prosecutor, ending a 60 year tradition of internal succession. In his first two months in office, Attorney Blue worked with local law enforcement to reinvigorate the pursuit of justice in Guernsey County indicting 75 new cases including 6 RICO violations. (44.2% increase from the previous year.) Blue also returned the Child Support Enforcement Agency contract to the Prosecutor’s Office for a potential recoupment of $60,000.00 and collected $80,000.00 in delinquent taxes in January of 2017. Attorney Blue has sought to strengthen the collaboration with his neighboring counties and is working with the Trustee’s Association to offer a State sponsored Public Records and Ethics Training to Guernsey County and its neighbors. Additionally, Joel is working collaboratively with the Health Department in order to curb the spread of HIV and other diseases in Guernsey County. In March, Blue intends to announce the first ever “Top Cop” for Guernsey County, a program he has shamelessly cribbed from Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh.

Blue has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of the University of Akron, School of Law.  Blue’s career in criminal law began under the tutelage of J. Dean Carro through the inmate assistance program. Since that time, Blue has served the State of Ohio in both the Stark and Lake County Prosecutor’s Offices.  In 2011, Blue and his wife, Sarah, moved to Guernsey County to take over the probate practice of Attorney Russell H. Booth.  Within the first year, his office was destroyed in a catastrophic windstorm.  Undeterred, Joel relocated and continued to build his practice. In 2016, “Blue Law, LLC” was named among the top law firms in Guernsey County.

In 2017, Blue began his second nonconsecutive term as the Vice-President for the Guernsey County Bar Association, following his term as President. Currently, Blue serves on the Guernsey County Republican Central Committee and is an active member in the Guernsey County Republican Club. Blue is also the former chairperson for the Open Arms Pregnancy Center.

In 2017, the Prosecutor’s Office letterhead was altered to include a “Flemish Knot” in order to memorialize the lessons Blue learned as a professional tree climber: work smart, don’t quit, be attentive, don’t second guess – in short, “Trust Your Knots.” Joel and Sarah have two daughters. In his free time, Joel enjoys cooking, beer brewing, comic books, and spoiling his children.

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