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President Daniel R. Lutz, Wayne County

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. 

Daniel R. Lutz
Wayne County Prosecutor
2021 OPAA President



OPAA Member Webinars

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Ohio's Judicial System: What you should know.

- OPAA Conviction Review Best Practices

- What do county prosecutors do?

- The grand jury

- Plea agreements

- DNA testing

- Death penalty

Upcoming Events:

Executive and Legislative Committees
February 25th via Zoom
Legislative 12:00, Executive 1:00

Spring Training
April 15 and 16
Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square

Summer Workshop
June 25th and 26th
Breakers Cedar Point

Fall Training
September 23 and 24
Crowne Plaza Cleveland at Playhouse Square

Juvenile Prosecutor Training
October 14
Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square

Annual Meeting
December 16 and 17
Hilton Columbus at Easton


OPAA Member Profile:
Beth Tischler
Sandusky County Prosecutor

Beth Tischler, Sandusky County ProsecutorMs. Tischler is lifelong resident of Sandusky County, only residing outside the county for the periods of time in which she was working on my undergraduate degrees and juris doctorate.

She was raised on her family vegetable farm in Vickery, Ohio. After graduating from Margaretta High school, Ms. Tischler attended the University of Rio Grande on a full academic and athletic scholarship; earning her Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Bachelor of Science in Business Management while running cross country and track. From there she attended the University of Toledo where she obtained her JD/MBA.

Upon completing law school and passing the bar Ms. Tischler returned to Sandusky County and began her legal career with Dewey & Dewey in Clyde. When she joined the office as the third attorney, it became the largest law firm in Sandusky County. She went on to join the prosecutor’s office where she spent 5 years working her way from the juvenile division, to county court and eventually into felony prosecution. In 2013 she left to become the first in-house law director for the city of Maumee. Ms. Tischler spent approximately 7 years in that position; however her roots remained in Sandusky County.

In late 2019 Ms. Tischler filed her petition, along with two other republican candidates, to seek the office of county prosecuting attorney. In late January of 2020 the Republican Central Committee selected her to fill the prosecutor vacancy in the office. She was formally sworn in on February 25, 2020, and went on to win the contested primary and was unopposed for the November general election.

Since taking office Ms. Tischler has made a number of staffing changes. She brought in Laura Alkire, a former Erie County assistant prosecutor and city of Huron and Perrysburg law director, as the Senior Staff Attorney. Mrs. Alkire is an invaluable asset to the office due to her experience with Drug Task Force cases, employee management and experience representing elected and appointed officials. The office also employs Kenneth Walz, assigned to felony prosecutions, Kaitlin Klucas, handling felony matters as well as foreclosures, Dmitriy Tatarko assigned to the two county courts for misdemeanor prosecution and Alexis Hotz who is assigned to handle Juvenile and appellate matters.

Ms. Tischler lives near Clyde with her husband, Dave and two children, Kayla and Aiden

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