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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
January 29, 2015
Brio Tuscan Grill Polaris

Spring Training
April 23 & 24, 2015
Sheraton at Capitol Square

Summer Workshop
June 26 & 27, 2015
Breakers Hotel Cedar Point

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




OPAA Member Profile:
Judy Wolford
Pickaway County Prosecutor

Judy Wolford became the Pickaway County Prosecuting Attorney in March 2006 following the death of her predecessor, P. Eugene Long, II.  She was elected to the fill the unexpired portion of the term in November 2006 and has served in the position since that time.  She is the first woman to serve as Prosecuting Attorney in Pickaway County.  Prior to taking office as the Prosecutor, Wolford served 12 years as an Assistant Prosecutor in Pickaway County and 10 years as an Assistant City Law Director for Circleville.  She has prosecuted every type of case from speeding to murder.  In 2009, she successfully prosecuted James Hollis for the 1990 murder of an 83 year old woman.  Advancements in DNA matched evidence found at the murder scene to Hollis, who was an original suspect in the case.

Wolford graduated from Capital University Law School in 1993.  She graduated from The Ohio State University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with a major in Dairy Science. 

Judy is still active in production agriculture.  Along with her husband, Dallas Rynd, they own and operate Silver Mist Holsteins, a family dairy farm.  When she isn’t milking cows, Judy is active in the local community.  She is a member of the Circleville Noon Rotary club where she has served as President.  She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Circleville Pickaway Corporation and is a member of the Advisory Council for Berger Hospital.  Additionally, she is active with Farm Bureau and the Ohio Holstein Association and was appointed by Gov. Taft to serve on the Ohio Ag Financing Commission.

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