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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. 

Best regards,
David Phillips
Union County Prosecutor
2016 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
December 7, 2016
Hilton Columbus Downtown
Legislative 3:00, Executive 4:00

Annual Meeting
Hilton Columbus Downtown
December 8th and 9th, 2016

New Prosecutor Training
Sheraton at Capitol Square Columbus
January 12th and 13th, 2017

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




OPAA Member Profile:
Mark E. Kuhn
Scioto County Prosecutor

Paul DobsonMr. Kuhn graduated from Miami University, College of Education and Allied Professions with a Bachelor of Science in Education. He went on to receive his Juris Doctor from the University of Toledo, College of Law in 1994. After graduation, he returned to his Scioto County roots where he served as the Portsmouth City Prosecutor from 1995 until he was elected Scioto County Prosecutor in 2005 and has been re-elected three additional terms without opposition. As Prosecuting Attorney, Mr. Kuhn has successfully prosecuted a large variety of felony crimes. Under Mr. Kuhn’s leadership, the prosecution staff, the support staff and all law enforcement work together to ensure criminal offenders are held accountable for their crimes and victim’s rights are put first.  Mr. Kuhn continues to serve on several boards and committee’s including OPAA’s Legislative Committee, Southern Ohio Task Force on Domestic Violence, Hospice of Southern Ohio, Scioto County Budget and Records Commission, Scioto County Community Corrections Advisory Board and in 2016 was part of the Southern District of Ohio Federal Judicial Nominating Commission.  The past 12 years Mark Kuhn and his office have been dedicated to increase the efficiency and accountability of individuals in law enforcement and public office.

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