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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
February 18th, 2016
Athletic Club of Columbus

Spring Training
April 14th and 15th, 2016
Sheraton at Capitol Square Columbus

Summer Workshop
June 10th and 11th, 2016
Great Wolf Lodge, Mason

Fall training
September 22nd and 23rd, 2016
Wyndham Cleveland Playhouse Square

Annual Meeting
Hilton Columbus Downtown
December 8th and 9th, 2016

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




OPAA Member Profile:
Charles S. Howland
Morrow County Prosecutor

Throughout his twelve years on the job, Prosecutor Howland has represented all sixteen township boards, the Morrow County Health Department, the Morrow County Board of Elections, the Morrow County Commissioners, and the other elected county officials. Howland previously maintained a private practice in Morrow County for eighteen years, and also served as Village Solicitor for Mount Gilead and Chesterville. He is the current president of the Morrow County Bar Association, having been re-elected to that office for 2016.

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