Duties & Responsibilities
The Prosecuting Attorney's office by Ohio law may inquire into crimes committed within the county; shall prosecute all complaints, suits, and controversies in which the state is a party, except for those required to be prosecuted by a special prosecutor or by the Ohio Attorney General, and such other suits, matters, and controversies, as the prosecuting attorney is required to prosecute within or without the county, in the probate court, court of common pleas and the court of appeals. In conjunction with the Ohio Attorney General, the prosecuting attorney shall prosecute cases arising in his county by a special prosecutor or by the Ohio Attorney General.
In every case of conviction, the prosecuting attorney shall cause execution to be issued for the fine and costs, and faithfully urge the collection until it is effected or found to be impracticable to collect, which money shall be paid into the county treasurer.
The prosecuting attorney may participate as a member of the investigatory staff of an organized crime task force that has jurisdiction in that county, in an investigation of organized criminal activity under Ohio law.
The prosecuting attorney may pay a reward to a person who has volunteered any tip or information to a law enforcement agency in the county concerning a drug through related offense that is planned to occur, is occurring, or has occurred, in whole or in part, in the county. The prosecuting attorney may provide for the payment, out of the following sources, of rewards to a person who has volunteered tips and information to a law enforcement agency in the county concerning a drug through related offense that is planned to occur, is occurring, or has occurred, in whole or in part, in the county.
Further, the prosecuting attorney shall be the legal adviser of the board of county commissioners, board of elections, and all other county officers and boards, including all tax through supported public libraries, and any of them may require written opinions or instructions from the prosecuting attorney in matters connected with their official duties. The prosecuting attorney shall prosecute and defend all suits and actions which any such officer or board directs or to which it is a party, and no county officer may employ any other counsel or attorney at the expense of the county, except as provided by Ohio law.
The prosecuting attorney shall be the legal adviser for all township officers in the county, except in limited situations.
Organization of the Prosecuting Attorney's Office
While still a small office compared to other counties in Ohio, the Fayette County Prosecuting Attorney's Office is organized into six main divisions: Criminal, Juvenile, Civil and Government Services, Appellate, Victim Services, and Administrative. At present, the office has three attorneys, three clerical staff, and a victim services provider.
The Criminal Division has the responsibility to serve the criminal docket of the Common Pleas court in the prosecution of all its criminal cases. It also addresses issues of extradition, bindovers from the County Municipal Court, and post-conviction relief.
The Juvenile Division has the responsibility to serve the docket of Fayette County's Lone Juvenile Court. It addresses delinquency, traffic, dependency, neglect, and unruly cases as well as adult and permanent custody cases from the county's children's services.
Civil and Government Services Division
The Civil and Government Services division has the responsibility to serve the civil docket of the Fayette County Courts in which the county, any of its boards or the county townships are a party. As well, the division represents these clients in all administrative law matters, bankruptcy and collections, and taxation. The government services function is to advise and assist all county officers the various county boards and township officers in carrying out their duties. This includes attending meetings, reviewing contracts and rendering opinions.
The appellate division handles all appeals from the courts and boards of the county and criminal courts. The division initiates and responds to appeals that are filed in the 12th District Court of Appeals for Ohio, The Ohio Supreme Court, Federal District, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.
Victim Witness Division
The Victim Witness Division has the responsibility to aid and assist the victims of crime in overcoming the adverse effects of their victimization from cases originating in the Common Pleas Court and the Juvenile Court.
The administrative division has the responsibility of supporting the office in its daily functions. Supplying all other divisions with needed supplies and data entry support. Further, the division forecasts the needs of the other divisions and attempts to meet those needs in a timely manner.
Prosecuting Attorneys of Fayette County, Ohio
- Jess Weade 2011 to Current
- David B. Bender 2005 through 2011
- Steven H. Eckstein 1993 through 2004
- John H. Roszmann 1984 through 1992
- James A. Kiger 1974 through 1983
- Otis R. Hess, Jr. 1973 through 1973
- Rollo M. Marchant 1961 through 1972
- W. S Paxson 1940 through 1962
- Charles J. Schwart 1939 through 1940
- W. S Paxson 1938 through 1939
- A. Newton Downing 1935 through 1938
- Norman L. McLean 1931 through 1935
- W. S Paxson 1927 through 1931
- Ray R. Maddox 1921 through 1927
- Harry M. Rankin 1917 through 1921
- Thomas S Maddox 1913 through 1917
- Pope Gregg 1908 through 1913
- Ed L. Rush 1903 through 1908
- Charles A. Reid 1897 through 1903
- William B. Rogers 1894 through 1897
- Nye Gregg 1891 through 1894
- Robert C. Miller 1885 through 1891
- Frank G. Carpenter 1880 through 1885
- Ace Gregg 1874 through 1880
- A. R. Creamer 1872 through 1874
- Madison Pavey 1870 through 1872
- H. B. Maynard 1868 through 1870
- J. B. Priddy 1866 through 1868
- Marshal J. William 1864 through 1866
- Madison Pavey 1862 through 1864
- Marshal J. Williams 1860 through 1862
- Mills Gardner 1855 through 1860
- Robert M. Briggs 1853 through 1855
- David M. Jones 1851 through 1853
- Nelson Rush 1847 through 1851
- Samuel F. Kerr 1843 through 1847
- Bernam Martin 1841 through 1843
- Alfred S. Dickey 1839 through 1841
- Wade Loofborrow 1837 through 1839
- Samuel F. Kerr 1835 through 1837
- Robert Robinson 1833 through 1835
- Wade Loofborrow 1833 through 1833
- Benjamin G. Leonard / Wade Loofborrow 1831 through 1833
- Benjamin G. Leonard 1827 through 1831
- Wade Loofborrow 1824 through 1827
- Benjamin G. Leonard 1823 through 1824
- Wade Loofborrow 1822 through 1823
- Samuel Buck 1819 through 1822
- Wade Loofborrow 1818 through 1819
- unknown prior to 1818