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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
August 25, 2016
McCormick & Schmick’s Easton

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

Support Staff training
October 6th, 2016
Sheraton Columbus at Capitol Square

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

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




OPAA Member Profile:
Dennis P. Will
Lorain County Prosecutor

Dennis Will
Called to a life of public service, Dennis joined the United States Marine Corps after graduating from Elyria Catholic High School in 1970.  In the Marine Corps he served abroad and rose to the rank of Sergeant before his honorable discharge in 1974.  While working in the Coke Plant at U.S. Steel in Lorain, Dennis obtained his Associate’s Degree before joining the Elyria Police Department in 1977 where he eventually rose to the rank of Captain.  As he continued to work as a police officer, Dennis obtained his Bachelor’s Degree (Heidelberg, 1981) and graduated from law school (Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, 1986).  In 1988, Dennis joined the Lorain County Prosecutor’s Office as an Assistant Prosecutor.  From 1988 through 2003, Dennis worked both as a sworn police officer investigating crime and as an assistant prosecutor handling cases.  In 2004 he served as the Sheffield Village prosecutor before winning election to the office of Lorain County Prosecuting Attorney, a position to which he was re-elected in 2008 and 2012. Dennis was at the forefront of initial responses to the heroin epidemic spreading throughout the country, working with the Coroner’s Office and the Health Department to make the life-saving drug Narcan available to local law enforcement and family members of those in need as a pilot program was created before being adopted statewide. In recognition of his dedicated service, Dennis is honored to have received several awards and commendations from numerous organizations including the Ohio Prosecuting Attorney Association’s (OPAA) Leadership Award in 2012 and the Ohio Prosecuting Attorney of the Year Award in 2014.  A past president of the Ohio Prosecuting Attorney Association, Dennis serves on the legislative and executive committees advocating for the needs of the citizens of Lorain County. Since 2005, the Prosecutor’s Office has compiled a criminal conviction rate over 90% and recovered more than $2 Million in tax dollars from delinquent property owners.  The Child Support Division is among the very top in the State in recovering child support delinquencies.

Dennis and his dear wife Kay have been married since 2003.

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