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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
Hilton Columbus Downtown
December 3, 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:
Ryan D. Styer
Tuscarawas County Prosecutor

Ryan was elected Tuscarawas County Prosecutor in 2008.  What Ryan finds most rewarding about his job as prosecutor is the hands-on case work. He has personally tried several cases in his brief tenure as prosecutor, including murder, attempted murder, and sexual assault cases, all to guilty verdicts.  Shortly after being elected, he spearheaded the founding and is currently the president of the Tuscarawas County Child Advocacy Center, which has been serving children and professionals since 2011. Prior to being elected prosecutor, Ryan engaged in private practice with his father, handling criminal defense, domestic relations and personal injury litigation.  Ryan also served previously as a village solicitor, a public defender and is a past president of the Tuscarawas County Bar Association. Ryan received his undergraduate degree at The Ohio State University (1995) and his law degree at the University of Akron (1998).  Ryan lives in New Philadelphia with his wife and three children.  He is a committee member of a local Boy Scout troop, a Dollars for Scholars board member, and a Little League coach.

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