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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
October 20, 2016
Granville Inn
Legislative 10:00, lunch 12:00, Executive 1:00

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

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




OPAA Member Profile:
Paul A. Dobson
Wood County Prosecutor

Paul Dobson
Mr. Dobson graduated cum laude from the University of Toledo with a Bachelor of Education Degree in Secondary Education. He received his law degree from the University of Toledo College of Law in 1994. Thereafter, he worked as a Bowling Green City Prosecutor until joining the Wood County Prosecutor’s Office in 1996. For a short time, he engaged in private practice in Toledo, Ohio. He returned to the Prosecutor’s Office in 2002 to resume, what he calls, the most rewarding job of his career. During his tenure in the Criminal Division, Mr. Dobson has successfully prosecuted a wide range of crimes. In 2005, he was appointed by then-prosecutor Raymond C. Fischer as one of two Chief Assistants over the Criminal Division. In 2008, Mr. Dobson was elected as Wood County Prosecuting Attorney. In this capacity, Mr. Dobson has been active at the state level, representing Wood County as the governor's appointee on the Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission and as Secretary and Treasurer of the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association. In 2014, he was elected by the membership of the OPAA to serve as its Vice-President. In 2017, Mr. Dobson will serve as the organization's President. Mr. Dobson continues his work to improve communication and accountability within the office. His guiding principles are truth and fairness in representing the public interest, rigorous prosecution of criminal offenders, and care and empathy for crime victims.

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