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Prosecuting Attorney


The County Prosecuting Attorney is charged with the duty of inquiring into the commission of crimes within Stark County.  The Prosecutor shall prosecute, on behalf of the State of Ohio, all complaints, suits and controversies in which the state is a party except those specifically excluded by state law.  As legal adviser to the board of county commissioners, board of elections, township boards and all other county officials and boards, including tax supported public libraries, the Prosecuting Attorney is required to represent and on request to issue written opinions or instructions on matters connected with their official duties.

Biographical Outline

John D. Ferrero, Stark County Prosecuting Attorney

Current Position:

  • Stark County Prosecuting Attorney appointed March, 2003 and elected November, 2004 to a four year term starting January 1, 2005, reelected November, 2008 and November, 2012 for another four year term.


  • Two daughters
  • Stark County native


  • Ohio Northern University College of Law, Ada, Ohio (1980)
  • University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio (1978)
  • Central Catholic High School, Canton, Ohio (1974)


  • Prosecuting Attorney for the Massillon Municipal Court System (January, 1988 - February, 2003)
  • Massillon City Director of Law (January, 1988 - February, 2003)
  • Private law practice (21 years)
  • Stark County Bar Association President (2008-2009), Vice President (2006-2008), and Secretary (2005)
  • Stark County Democratic Party Chairman (7 years)
  • Stark County Board of Elections Chairman (3 years)
  • Special Counsel to two Ohio Attorneys General
  • Admitted to Practice in All Courts in Ohio 
  • Admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court, Northern District and the U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit


  • Member and Past President of the Board of Friends of the Children's Network of Stark County, Inc.
  • Current Board Member and past Chairman of the Board of the Health Foundation of Greater Massillon
  • Past President to the Stark County Bar Association: Courts, Arbitration, Trials, and Assignments Committee; Federal Courts Committee; Finance Committee; Grievance Committee
  • Chairman of the Stark County Budget Commission
  • Treasurer of the Stark County Community Corrections Planning Board
  • Member of:
    • The Stark County Police Chiefs Association
    • The Stark County Regional Planning Commission, Executive Committee
    • The Stark Council of Governments, Executive Committee
    • The Law Enforcement Coordinating Central Committee, Northern District of Ohio
    • The Stark County Metropolitan Narcotics Unit Advisory Committee
    • “Friends of Children Network”
    • The Stark County Local Emergency Planning Committee
    • The Stark County Records Commission
    • Fight Crime: Invest in Kids
    • Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force
    • The Ohio State Bar Association
    • The Ohio Township Association
    • The Ohio School Board Attorney Association
    • Vice President of the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association, Executive Committee and Amicus Committee 
    • The National College of District Attorneys Alumni Association
    • Former board member for the Catholic Service League, the YMCA and YWCA of Western Stark County and the Massillon Italian-American Club
    • The Unique Club of Stark County (Professionals of Italian Background) 

Recognitions and Community Activities:

  • Named Jaycee of the Month twice by the Massillon Ohio Jaycees
  • Active with the Massillon Knights of Columbus and the Massillon Boys and Girls Club
  • Member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Massillon
  • 2004 Inductee in to the Alliance Area Negro History Club


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