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President Ferrero

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

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
Cleveland Wyndham at Playhouse Square
September 23, 2015

Fall Training
September 24th and 25th, 2015
Cleveland Wyndham at Playhouse Square

Juvenile Prosecutor Training
October 1, 2015
Frank B. Willis Government Building, Delaware

Annual Meeting
December 3rd and 4th, 2015
Hilton Columbus Downtown

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




OPAA Member Profile:
Juergen A. Waldick
Allen County Prosecutor
Juergen Waldick has over twenty-five years of prosecuting experience. He was elected as the Allen County Prosecutor in 2004, and is now serving his second term in that position. Mr. Waldick holds college degrees in Criminal Justice and Judicial Administration from Montgomery College and American University in Washington D.C. Mr. Waldick graduated from the Ohio Northern University College of Law in 1985. He worked in the Lima City Prosecutor's Office and in the Putnam County Prosecutor's Office prior to being appointed an assistant county prosecutor in Allen County in 1998. Mr. Waldick served as Delphos City Law Director from 1991 to 1996 and was engaged in the private practice of law from 1985 to 2005. He has been an adjunct professor of law at Ohio Northern University since 1988. Mr. Waldick has served as a faculty member for the National District Attorneys Association's National Advocacy Center and is a certified instructor for the Ohio Peace Officer's Training Academy. During the course of his career, Mr. Waldick has tried numerous high profile cases, including several death penalty cases, and his trial work has been featured on CBS 48 Hours and NBC Dateline. He has also presented numerous presentations on trial advocacy to various organizations, including the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association and the West Virginia Prosecuting Attorneys Institute. Mr. Waldick also lectures frequently on Internet safety, cyber-bullying, and the implications of social media in felony trial work. Mr. Waldick has long been active in community and church related affairs, and is a member of several service and professional organizations. Mr. Waldick is a board member of Crime Victims Services in Lima and an Executive Committee Member of the Allen County Republican Party. He has served as a church trustee, was the charter president of the Delphos Optimist Club, and was a coach and co-founder of the Delphos Soccer Association. He is a licensed private pilot and amatuer radio operator.

Mr. Waldick is a long-time area resident. He and his wife, Kathy, currently reside in Marion Township near Delphos. The Waldicks are the parents of five children and have five grandchildren.

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