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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

On our mind:

1) The budget bill contains language to shift the burden of "low level" felony offenders from prison to county jail. This essentially removes all expectation of a multiple low level offender to see anything but county jail. Good for drug dealers, not so much for the public. Adjusting prison sentences to control DRC budgets. Is anyone thinking about the victims of crime?

2) The continued assault on the grand jury process. We hope Ohio's proven system, which protects the innocent, will continue to thrive as it has since 1953.

Upcoming Events:

Special Executive Committee meeting
Athletic Club of Columbus
July 27th, 10:00

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:
Kyle Witt
Fairfield County Prosecutor

Joe DetersKyle Witt was elected Fairfield County Prosecuting Attorney in November 2016 with overwhelming support from the Fairfield County law enforcement community. He began his career as an assistant prosecutor for the City of Lancaster where he fought to keep families and neighborhoods safe from violent crime and the drug epidemic. During that time, he earned a reputation as a tough but fair prosecutor willing to stand up for victims and hold criminals accountable.
A firm believer that public service must extend beyond the confines of the office, Kyle is active in a number of professional and civic organizations. He is an active member in the Ohio State Bar Association, the Ohio Prosecuting Attorney’s Association, and the Fairfield County Bar Association. He also serves on the United Way of Fairfield County Board of Trustees and is a member of Lancaster Rotary #375.

Kyle is a graduate of Otterbein University and the University of Cincinnati College of Law. He lives in Lancaster with his wife, Sarah, and three children.

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