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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:

New provisions for ILC in SB33, which started life as a LEADS data sharing bill.

"Stand your ground" provision within SB228, and other CCH laws that are being eroded for no apparent need.


Upcoming Events:

Executive and Legislative committee meetings
November 29, 2017
Hilton Columbus Downtown
3:00 Legislative, 4:00 Executive

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

2018 Spring Training
April 19th and 20th, 2018
Sheraton Columbus at Capitol Square

2018 Summer Workshop
June 22nd and 23rd, 2018
Cedar Point, Sandusky Ohio

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




OPAA Member Profile:
Gary D. Bishop
Richland County Prosecutor

Gary BishopGary D. Bishop graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science in 1982. He received his Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Toledo College of Law in 1986. While in law school, Gary served as a Judicial Law Clerk for Judge Frederick H. McDonald and Judge Jack R. Puffenberger of the Toledo Municipal Court. Upon becoming a licensed attorney in 1987, he began working as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in the Wood County Prosecutor’s Office for Prosecuting Attorney Betty D. Montgomery and later for Prosecutor Alan R. Mayberry. Mr. Bishop worked in the Wood County Prosecutor’s Office from 1987 to 2005, serving the last twelve years as Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney. As Chief Assistant, he oversaw the Criminal, Juvenile and Appellate Divisions of the office and secured convictions in over 100 felony jury trials.

In 2005, Mr. Bishop joined the Richland County Prosecutor’s Office where he successfully prosecuted over 70 felony jury trials and was promoted to Chief Criminal Trial Attorney by Prosecuting Attorney James J. Mayer, Jr. 

In early 2015, Gary began working as a Criminal Trial Attorney for Ashland County Prosecuting Attorney Christopher Tunnell and was soon promoted to First Assistant Prosecutor.  In 2015, Gary successfully prosecuted 16 felony jury trials, including a number of domestic violence cases as well as cases involving the manufacture of methamphetamine and gross sexual imposition of an eight-year-old child.  He obtained convictions in 23 out of 25 cases during the 18 months he served in Ashland County.

While working as First Assistant for Ashland County, Gary campaigned for election as Richland County Prosecutor and was elected to the office in November, 2016.  Since taking office in January, 2017, Mr. Bishop has focused on putting victims’ rights first, improving the working relationship his office has with law enforcement, improving the response to the opioid crisis, crimes again women and children, and exploitation of the elderly, in particular.

Mr. Bishop has been recognized for outstanding achievement and meritorious service to Victims of Crime by the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and the Victims Services Division of the Ohio Court of Claims. He has been recognized for his prosecution of drunk drivers by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) for his work in a number of vehicular homicide cases.  He has prosecuted death penalty cases, advocated before the Ohio Adult Parole Board and has gained the respect of numerous law enforcement agencies throughout Northwest and north central Ohio.

Mr. Bishop has served as a guest lecturer at the National Trial Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina on a number of occasions, teaching advanced trial advocacy to prosecutors from around the United States.

For the past 16 years, he has worked as a consultant for the Court Section at the annual American Legion Buckeye Boys State. A former delegate to Buckeye Boys State himself, Gary is dedicated to the task of teaching young men from across the state about our representative form of government, our court system and citizenship.

In his spare time, Mr. Bishop enjoys attending car shows and restoring his first car, a 1967 Ford Mustang GT Fastback that he bought at age 16!  Mr. Bishop has two children, Ethan (26) and Janelle (21), two grandsons and one granddaughter.

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