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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
Piqua Country Club
August 21, 2014

Juvenile Prosecutor Training
Frank B. Willis Government Building, Delaware
August 28, 2014

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:
Keller Blackburn
Athens County Prosecutor

Prosecutor Tunnell
Keller’s passion for law began in high school where he was a three time member of the school’s Mock Trial Team. During his three years, Keller was named Outstanding Attorney and competed at the state level once. Keller is a 2002 graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Political Science. While at OSU, he participated in student government and was head manager for the OSU Baseball Team receiving his Varsity O. He was a member of the 1999 Big 10 and Regional Championship team that finished one win shy of the College World Series. In 2000, Keller was selected to take part in the inaugural John Glenn School of Public Policy and Public Service’s Washington Program. During his time in D.C., he worked in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration. Keller did research for the Clinton Administration developing proposals for bridging the “digital divide” in Appalachia. After graduation, Keller spent a brief time as a substitute teacher and taking graduate classes at Ohio University before moving back to D.C. He was hired by the Washington Workshop Foundation, which prepares young citizens to be future leaders through tours and seminars. He worked there until enrolling in law school. Keller graduated from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 2006. During law school he was on Law Review, where he was named Editor of the Year in 2006. He competed as a part of the International Moot Court Team. Keller founded the second Law School Democrats organization in the state and served as president. Keller was elected by his peers to be Vice President of Programming for the Student Bar Association.

Out of law school, Keller worked for Attorney Michael Nolan’s office in Nelsonville, Ohio, before becoming an Assistant Athens County Prosecutor. He was honored as the 2009 Meritorious Award winner by the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association and received the 2011 National Society of the American Revolution Law Enforcement Commendation Medal.  Keller was appointed Athens County Prosecutor by the Democratic Central Committee in 2011. In 2012, he was elected to the term beginning January 7, 2013. Keller currently sits on the Legislative Committee, Executive Committee, and Public Relations Committee of the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association and serves on the Supreme Court Task Force on the Funding of Ohio Courts. Keller is a past President of the Athens County Bar Association.

Throughout his life, Keller has been an avid sports fan. In high school, Keller played football, basketball, and baseball as well as playing  American Legion baseball and competing in the 1996 State Tournament. He is a member of Nelsonville Rotary and was president of the Nelsonville Area Chamber of Commerce from 2008-2010 where he co-founded North Pole Nelsonville. Keller was also on the Nelsonville Parade of the Hills committee for ten years. He supports various organizations including the Trimble Township Bridgebuilders.

Keller is married to Jennifer Blackburn.  Jennifer, a professor at Hocking College and Ohio University.

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