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.
John D. Ferrero
Stark County Prosecutor
2015 OPAA President
OPAA Member Profile:
Stephen K. Haller
Greene County Prosecutor
For Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Stephen K. Haller, you might say public service is in his family DNA. His grandfather and uncle were local firefighters, and his father retired from the Xenia Police Division. His mother worked for Xenia schools.
Steve joined the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office as an assistant prosecutor in 1975, immediately after graduating from the University of Toledo School of Law. Over the years, he served as First Assistant in the Criminal Division and, later, director of the Civil Division before becoming the elected prosecutor in 2006.
He has represented the State of Ohio and Greene County in thousands of criminal and civil actions. He has argued cases before the 2nd District Court of Appeals and the Ohio Supreme Court.
Among his accomplishments in office, Steve is especially proud to have guided the development of Michael’s House, which has been called a model for Child Advocacy Centers in Ohio. He is a Michael’s House Foundation Trustee.
The Greene County Prosecutor’s Office has been at the forefront of victim advocacy since the mid-1980s, and Steve is chairman of the Ohio Attorney General’s Victims Advisory Committee.
Additionally, he serves on the Greene County Domestic Violence Consortium and the ACE Drug Task Force Board of Directors.
A member of Carroll High School’s Alumni Hall of Fame, Steve also serves on the President’s Advisory Council of Wilmington College, where he earned his undergraduate degree.
Haller has witnessed many changes in four decades of prosecution. For example, he’s seen the death penalty declared unconstitutional and later be reinstated. He’s seen the concept of victims rights go from nonexistent to become rights guaranteed by the Ohio Constitution. He’s seen the hard-core criminal’s drug of choice go from heroin and LSD to crack, then to meth and then back to heroin.
But Steve says what remains constant in the Prosecutor’s Office is the effort to seek justice for victims of crime, to hold those responsible for crime accountable, and to serve the best interests of Greene County.