Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association     Home Contact Us
Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association

About OPAA For Members Resources & Materials Press Room Events

President Carol O'Brien

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. 

Juergen A. Waldick
Allen County Prosecutor
2020 OPAA President



OPAA Member FREE Webinars

How To Write A Press Release For A Webinar - Newswire

Ohio's Judicial System: What you should know.

- what do county prosecutors do

- the grand jury

- plea agreements

- DNA testing

- death penalty

Upcoming Events:

Executive and Legislative joint committee via Zoom. May 28th at 1:00.

Summer Workshop   CANCELLED
June 26 and 27, 2020
Breakers Hotel Cedar Point

Fall Training
September 17th and 18th, 2020
Cleveland Crowne Plaza on Playhouse Square

Administrative Professionals Training
October 22, 2020
Sheraton at Capitol Square

Annual Meeting
December 10 and 11, 2020
Hilton Columbus Easton


OPAA Member Profile:
James K. Stanley
Meigs County Prosecutor

James K. Stanley, Meigs County ProsecutorJames Stanley first took office as Prosecuting Attorney in January 2017.  Prior to that, James served as an Athens City Prosecutor for nine years.“Meigs is a small county, and our staff is likewise small, so that means I practice in all three local courts as well as the court of appeals,” James said.  “That makes every day different for me and anything but dull.”

James plays an active role in combatting the drug addiction crisis, and he serves as a member of the Meigs County Community Prevention Coalition.  James hosted the Meigs County Recovery Services Townhall Meeting, helped sponsor and organize the 2018 and 2019 Drug Prevention Day at the Meigs County Fair, led local opposition to State Issue 1, and regularly speaks with youth and parents of addicts regarding both prevention and recovery options.

Stanley is a strong advocate for victim rights, hosts an annual National Crime Victim Rights Week ceremony, and regularly promotes victim rights and victim services awareness.  In 2018, Stanley and the Meigs County Victim Assistance Program founded Meigs County Partners for Justice, which is a victim of crime collaboration board.  In 2019, James received the Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center Prosecutorial Leadership Model of Justice Award for his dedicated service to victims and the preservation of their rights.

Also in 2019, James received both the Ohio State Bar Foundation’s District 17 and the state-wide Community Service Award for Attorney’s 40 and Under.  Stanley was recognized for his continued service to the preservation of Meigs County history as well as his ongoing efforts at combating the drug addiction crisis. James serves as President of the Meigs County Historical Society, as a board member of the Meigs County Bicentennial Commission, as a member of the Meigs County School Safety Council, and as a board member of the Karr-Aanestad K-9 Foundation.

“Being Meigs County Prosecuting Attorney is my dream job,” James said.  “I truly feel as if the work I do every day makes a difference in someone’s life, whether that be a crime victim or someone struggling with addiction or any number of people.  I love serving my community in this way.”

James received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Ohio University and his juris doctor from The University of Akron, School of Law.  James is a member of the Meigs County Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association, and the National District Attorneys Association.  James is also a member of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Council of Delegates.  James lives near Albany with his daughter, Kinnedy.

Locate Your County Prosecutor
Follow Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association  Follow us on Instagram
Entire site Copyright © 2020 Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association
Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter