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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. 

Morris J. Murray
Defiance County Prosecutor
2018 OPAA President

Ohio's Judicial System: What you should know.

- what do county prosecutors do

- the grand jury

- plea agreements

- DNA testing

- death penalty

Upcoming Events:

OPAA Committee Meetings
June 21st, Legislative 3:00, Executive 4:00
Breaker Conference Center

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

Ohio Attorney General Elder Abuse Symposium, June 25
ODOT auditorium

2018 Fall Training
September 20th and 21st
Crowne Plaza on Playhouse Square Cleveland

2018 Support Staff Training
October 18th
Sheraton Columbus at Capitol Square

2018 OPAA Annual Meeting
November 29th and 30th
Hilton Columbus Downtown

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


OPAA Member Profile:
Kelly A. Riddle
Noble County Prosecutor

Matt Schmidt - Ross CountyKelly A. Riddle grew up in Noble County and graduated from Caldwell High School.  In 1998, Kelly graduated cum laude from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Public Administration Degree in Criminal Justice, and in 2002, she graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Law.  While attending law school, Kelly studied abroad in Florence, Italy through Penn State Dickinson School of Law.  Currently, Kelly is licensed to practice law in both Mississippi and Ohio. In 2006, Kelly returned to Noble County and worked in private practice, focusing on divorce, custody and criminal defense.  In 2009, Kelly was hired as part-time Noble County Assistant Prosecutor, and in 2012, she was elected to serve as Noble County Prosecutor.  Currently, Kelly is serving her second term as the Noble County Prosecutor, and she has chosen to be a full time prosecutor since she was first elected.  The Noble County Prosecutor' s office consists of one part-time assistant prosecutor, two administrative assistants and a victim's advocate. While in office, Kelly was honored to be a part of the 2013 Ohio Distinguished Law Enforcement Group Achievement Award for work on the "Craigslist" serial murder investigation, and she is a recipient of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Impact Award for helping to reduce violence and contraband at Noble Correctional Institute.

Kelly has served on the Noble County Chamber of Commerce Board, and  was the former vice president of the Guernsey County Bar Association.  She is currently a member of the Washington County Task Force and the Young Professionals Group of Noble County.   In addition, Kelly enjoys volunteering her time to support the county schools, the Noble County Agricultural Society, and the local volunteer fire departments.

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