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Welcome
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. 

Paul A. Dobson
Wood County Prosecutor
2017 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

On our mind:

"Stand your ground" provision within SB228, and other CCH laws that are being chipped away at for no apparent need.

 

Upcoming Events:

Executive and Legislative committee meetings
September 13, 2017
Wyndham Cleveland on Playhouse Square

Fall Training
Wyndham Cleveland on Playhouse Square
September 14th and 15th, 2017

Juvenile Prosecutor Training
October 12, 2017
Sheraton at Capitol Square Columbus

Annual Meeting
November 30th and December 1st, 2017
Hilton Columbus Downtown

2018 Spring Training
April 19th and 20th, 2018
Sheraton Columbus at Capitol Square

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

 

 

 

OPAA Member Profile:
Gwen Howe-Gebers
Henry County Prosecutor

Gwen Howe GebersGwen Howe-Gebers was elected as Henry County Prosecutor in 2016.  She handles all of the adult criminal prosecution and oversees an office staff of 4. Her office is currently focusing on blight in the county and delinquent taxpayers. 

Gwen graduated from the University of Toledo College of Law in 1988. As a third-year law student she worked for the Wood County Prosecutor’s Office. Upon graduation, she was hired by then prosecutor Betty Montgomery, and spent 28 years with the office. Gwen began in the Juvenile Division, progressing to handling prelims and sexual abuse cases, becoming Assistant Chief and then Chief of the Criminal Division. While there she worked closely with BCI&I & the DEA in successfully prosecuting hundreds of major drug dealers & their enterprises. Her hard work & dedication was recognized by her peers in 2004 when she received the OPAA Meritorious Service Award.  In 2013 Gwen was appointed as a Special Assistant United States Attorney and assisted with the successful prosecution in US v. Linn. Mr. Linn pled to committing a religiously-motivated attack (arson) on the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo mosque in Wood County. 

In 2016, she and Wood County Prosecutor Paul Dobson successfully prosecuted Russell Adkins, a cold case homicide (32 years old).A very stressful, however, rewarding case that achieved justice for the victim’s family after all of those years.  The trial (1st time ended in a hung jury) was featured on NBC's Dateline and that episode aired in October 2016 and again in July of this year. 

Working closely with law enforcement is a passion of Gwen’s and since taking office she has focused on personal contact with all law enforcement, including accompanying law enforcement on search warrants, homicide, and vehicular homicide investigations. She also hosted a training for law enforcement earlier this year. 

Since the former prosecutor’s office worked out of a private law firm, she is anxiously and “patiently” awaiting the remodeling of her new office in the Henry county courthouse!  Gwen is actively involved with the local high school athletic board, an assistant high school speech coach, instructor for OPOTA and a member of her church finance council.  Gwen and her husband Dar have three boys and work a 200 acre crop farm.


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