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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. 

Carol O'Brien
Delaware County Prosecutor
2019 OPAA President

Upcoming Events:

2019 Training Dates:
2019 Spring Training
April 25th and 26th
Sheraton Columbus at Capitol Square, Columbus

2019 Summer Workshop
June 21st and 22nd
Breakers Hotel, Cedar Point

2019 Fall Training
September 26th and 27th
Crowne Plaza Playhouse Square, Cleveland

2019 Juvenile Training
TBD - Anticipated mid October
Sheraton Columbus at Capitol Square, Columbus

2019 Annual Meeting
December 12th and 13th
Hilton Easton Columbus    <--Note New Venue

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

Ohio's Judicial System: What you should know.

- what do county prosecutors do

- the grand jury

- plea agreements

- DNA testing

- death penalty


OPAA Member Profile:
Joseph R. Burkard
Paulding County Prosecutor

Joe BurkardJoe was born in Toledo, Ohio and graduated from North Central High School in 1978.  After High School he attended The University of Findlay and graduated in 1982.  Joe attended the University Of Toledo College Of Law and graduated in 1992.  In November of 1992, he was admitted to the Ohio Bar and has been practicing since. From 1993 through 2017, Joe was in practice with Cook, Burkard & Gorrell, Ltd.  In 1996 he was elected as the Paulding County Prosecutor and still maintained his private practice.  Recently in 2017 he elected to not have a private practice and focus solely on being a Prosecutor for Paulding County.
The Paulding County Prosecutor’s Office serves the Common Pleas Court, Juvenile Court, Paulding County Court as well as other agencies. The Prosecutor’s Office has one assistant prosecutor, one investigator, one administrative assistant and one secretary.

Joe and his wife Dorothy have seven children and eleven grandchildren.

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