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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:

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:
Ronald J. O'Brien
Franklin County Prosecutor

Prosecutor Tunnell
Ron O'Brien, Franklin County's 50th and longest serving Prosecuting Attorney. A lifelong resident of Franklin County, O'Brien graduated from St. Francis DeSales High School. He earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Ohio Dominican College and his Juris Doctorate degree from The Ohio State University, cum laude in 1974. In 1972, Ron started his legal career in the Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, as a legal intern, while a student at The Ohio State University. After graduation from law school, he was appointed as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney and later, a Senior Assistant Prosecuting Attorney. In 1978, Ron was appointed Columbus City Prosecutor. In 1985, Ron was elected Columbus City Attorney, and was re-elected in 1989 and 1993. He was elected to his first term as Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney in 1996, and subsequently re-elected in 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012.

In 2013 Ron served as the president of the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association and has been and remains active with the executive, legislative, and training committee.  Ron has also served as President of the Ohio Municipal Attorneys Association. Currently, he is a member of the National District Attorneys Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, the Columbus Bar Association and the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association.

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