Duties of the Auglaize County Prosecutor
The Auglaize County Prosecutor's Office is the chief criminal prosecuting agency for all Auglaize County law enforcement agencies. The Prosecutor's Office handles all felony prosecutions, along with all misdemeanor criminal and traffic offenses in violation of the Ohio Revised Code. The Prosecutor's Office also participates in the presentation of cases of delinquency, unruly, juvenile traffic offenses, and abuse, neglect and dependency offenses involving juveniles in the Auglaize County Juvenile Court.
The Prosecutor's Office provides legal representation and advice to all the county offices and departments on a variety of issues. Further, the Prosecutor's Office is the legal representative for all fourteen townships in Auglaize County, including their boards and commissions.
The Prosecutor's Office regularly provides training for all of the law enforcement agencies working within Auglaize County on new crime trends, investigative techniques, and updates in the statutory and case law. The staff of the Prosecutor's Office also provides assistance and advice in the preparation of search warrants as requested by all law enforcement officers in the county. Since 1986, the Prosecutor's Office has overseen the development, updating and implementation for a procedure of obtaining search warrants for the bodily fluids of impaired operators of motor vehicles in appropriate cases where the operator has refused chemical testing for the presence of drugs and or alcohol in their system.
Training is also made available to the townships and other county officials on issues ranging from zoning laws and procedures, public records laws, and open meeting requirements.
Edwin A. Pierce is the 35th prosecutor in Auglaize County's history, having served as the elected prosecutor since 1997. Prior to election, he served as an assistant county prosecutor for thirteen years.
Office Manager/Administrative Assistant
The Prosecutor's Office also provides victim services and advocacy through the Auglaize County Victim Services Program (Kristin Green, Victim Advocate).