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OPAA President and Champaign County Prosecutor Kevin TalebiOn behalf of the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association let me welcome you to our website.  Here you will find information about the role of prosecuting attorneys and our Association.

The prosecutor’s role in the criminal justice system is often misunderstood.  Ohio’s 88 elected county prosecutors are committed to justice.  The prosecutors I know aren’t motivated by “winning” or trying to send everyone to prison for as long as possible. They are motivated by their responsibility to enforce the law, to make their communities safe and to fairly administer justice. And fairness and justice is what matters most of all.  Prosecutors live this every day.

Part of our role is to have a voice in public policy debates affecting the criminal justice system. To that end, Ohio’s prosecutors serve an important function reviewing and advocating for legislation with one goal in mind – the safety and security of our communities.

Ohio’s prosecutors are active in community and civic affairs.  From speaking to school children about the dangers of drugs to serving on numerous committees and commissions, Ohio’s elected prosecutors and their assistants serve in vital roles.

As legal counsel to a variety of County elected officials, offices and agencies your county prosecutor assists in ensuring efficient and responsible county government. 

I’m proud to be a prosecutor and honored to serve as President of the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association.  Please take your time and look around.  Hopefully you will find information here that is educational and informative about your county prosecutor. 

Kevin Talebi

Champaign County Prosecutor
2024 OPAA President

Career Opportunities

Amicus Committee Guidelines

The Ohio Prosecutor Podcast

OPAA Member Webinars

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Ohio's Judicial System: What you should know.

- OPAA Conviction Review Best Practices

- What do county prosecutors do?

- The grand jury

- Plea agreements

- DNA testing

- Death penalty

Upcoming Events:

Executive and Legilative Committee meetings, June 20th, Breakers Cedar Point. Legislative 3:00, Executive 4:00

Summer Workshop June 21st and 22nd
Hotel Breakers Cedar Point

Fall Training September 19th and 20th
Crowne Plaza Cleveland at Playhouse Square

Annual Meeting December 12th and 13th
Hilton Columbus at Easton

Locate Your County Prosecutor

Vitality and Vulnerability
Morris Murray, Defiance County

As many are aware, each May we observe “Older Americans Month” (OAM). The 2024 theme is “Powered by Connection” and as the phrase implies, people connecting with one another in positive healthy relationships is vital for everyone. This is especially true for Older Americans. In addition to the love and support from family that many can enjoy, meaningful social relationships and active regular involvement with others is essential to both physical and mental well being.

Statistically Americans are enjoying longer and generally healthier lives. This improving vitality is seen in many settings as older citizens are working longer and staying involved in social and community activities. Old age no longer signals a time of frailty and decline. Access to information on healthy lifestyles and improved healthcare are contributing to that increased longevity and quality of life. Older adults bring a wealth of experience, wisdom and knowledge to their families, workplace, and community. We increasingly see them serving as mentors, volunteers, caregivers and advocates enriching society with their contributions and serving as valuable resources for future generations.

We must also be cognizant of the reality, that despite the vitality and resilience of many older Americans, many also face significant vulnerabilities. These may include social isolation, financial insecurity , ageism and health issues. All of which can impact the well-being of older adults and require the attention and support from individuals, communities and policy makers. Vulnerabilities also include a greater risk for victimization. Financial exploitation, through a variety of in person and on line scams is a serious and growing concern in the social service and law enforcement communities. Likewise neglect and physical abuse also occurs, sometimes by those most trusted and counted on by older adults with special needs.  Ensuring the vitality, well-being and safety of Older Americans, while also addressing those vulnerabilities takes a multi-faceted approach from all of us collectively.

This May and onward, let’s join together to honor, encourage, include and protect Older Americans.

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