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President O'Brien

On behalf of the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association let me welcome you to our web page.  It is my hope the information contained within will help you better understand the role of Ohio’s county prosecutors. An Ohio county prosecutor has a variety of roles and responsibilities other than as the chief criminal prosecutor within each county.   As legal counsel to a variety of County elected officials, offices and agencies your county prosecutor assists in ensuring efficient and responsible county government.  A Prosecutor’s primary role is to assist in promoting the safety and protection of individuals, families and our communities.  Administering justice for victims of crime and the citizens of our State is one responsibility in carrying out this role.  The position of county prosecutor also encompasses the obligation that all parties to the prosecution receive a fair trial based upon the laws and procedures in place at that time. Please take your time and look around.  Hopefully you will find information here that is educational, informative and relevant about your county prosecutor.

Edwin A. Pierce
Auglaize County Prosecutor
2014 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
September 24
Cleveland Wyndaham at Playhouse Square

Fall Training
Cleveland Wyndham at Playhouse Square
September 25th and 26th, 2014

Support Staff/Victims Advocate Training
Sheraton Columbus at Capitol Square
October 2, 2014

Annual Meeting
Hilton Columbus Downtown
December 4th and 5th, 2014

Visit the Events page for full schedule of upcoming OPAA activities.




OPAA Member Profile:
Martin Votel
Preble County Prosecutor

Prosecutor Tunnell
Martin is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, and graduated from St. Xavier High School in 1986.  He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Xavier University in 1990.   Upon graduation, Martin worked as a chemist for the United States Food and Drug Administration, Forensic Chemistry Center working on forensic protocols for the detection of adulterated food products.  Martin’s interest in regulatory law inspired him to enroll in the University of Dayton School of Law in August 1993.  Martin transferred to the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon where he received his J.D. in June 1996, with a Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law. Upon returning to Ohio in 1997, Martin received his license to practice law in the State of Ohio and his license to practice federal law in the United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio.  His interest in trial work inspired him to accept a position as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Preble County, Ohio, where he represented Children’s Services in neglect and abuse cases, prosecuted juvenile delinquency cases, and handled adult misdemeanor and felony prosecutions.  Martin was promoted to Chief Assistant Prosecutor in 2002, assuming administrative duties and focusing his practice exclusively on adult felony prosecution.  Martin was elected Prosecuting Attorney of Preble County in 2004, and during his first term, successfully prosecuted three aggravated murder cases and one murder case. Martin is currently serving his third term as Prosecuting Attorney and supervises a staff of four attorneys, two support staff, an investigator, and two full-time Victim/Witness Advocates.

Martin has been an active member of the Ohio State Bar Association, and the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association, where he currently serves on the Legislative and Executive Committees.  Martin is an active member of the Preble County Republican Party, where he has served on the Finance Committee for the past three years; he is current Co-Chairman of the committee.


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