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County Indigent Defense Systems

Ohio’s indigent defense system consists of County Public Defenders, which includes County offices and also agreements with Non-Profit Corporations, Court-Appointed Counsel, and the Office of the Ohio Public Defender. The defense system used by each county is determined by the local Board of County Commissioners.

Together, Ohio county public defenders handled over 254,878 cases in fiscal year 2013.

County Indigent Defense System 

Allen Steve Chamberlain
Allen County Public Defender
109 N. Union Street
Lima, Ohio 45801
Term: Appointed January 25, 2011
for a four year term.
Ph: (419) 221-5220 Fax: (419) 998-5517

Ashtabula*

Marie Lane
Ashtabula County Public Defender Office
4817 State Road, Suite 202
Ashtabula, Ohio 44004
Term: Contract Services

Ph: (440) 998-2628

Fax: (440) 998-2972

Athens
Includes Adams, Brown, Fayette, Jackson, Meigs,   Pickaway and Pike Counties.

Herman Carson
Office of the Ohio Public Defender 
Athens County Branch Office
80 North Court Street 
Athens, Ohio 45701

Ph: (740) 593-6400

Fax: (740) 594-2074

Auglaize

Gerald F. Siesel
Auglaize County Public Defender Office
15 Willipie Street, Suite 220
P.O. Box 180
Wapakoneta, Ohio  45895
Term:  Appointed February 1, 2014 
for a four year term
.

Ph: (419) 739-6796

Fax: (419) 739-6797

Belmont

Frank Pierce
Belmont County Public Defender Office
100 West Main Street
St. Clairsville, Ohio 43950
Term: Appointed December 21, 2012
for a four year term.

Ph: (740) 695-5263

Fax: (740) 695-5639

Butler

Michael P. Weisbrod
Butler County Public Defender Office
315 High Street, 8th Floor
Hamilton, Ohio 45011
Term: Appointed March 17, 2010
for a four year term.

Ph: (513) 887-3540

Fax: (513) 887-3545

 

Mary Asbury**
Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati
Guardian Ad Litem Project
10 Journal Square, 3rd Floor
Hamilton, Ohio  45011
Term:  Contract Service

Ph: (513) 241-9400 
     (800) 582-2682

Fax: (513) 894-7669

Carroll

Stephen J. Kandel
Carroll County Public Defender
P.O. Box 507
Dover, Ohio  44622
Term: Appointed January 1, 2014 through
February 2, 2015.

Ph: (330) 364-5595

Fax: (330) 364-2423

Clark

James D. Marshall
Clark County Public Defender Office
50 East Columbia Street, 4th Floor
Springfield, Ohio 45502
Term: Re-appointed February 26, 2011
for a four year term.

Ph: (937) 521-1725

Fax: (937) 328-2715

Clermont

R. Daniel Hannon
Clermont County Public Defender Office
10 South Third Street
Batavia, Ohio 45103
Term: December 31, 2013

Ph: (513) 732-7223

Fax: (513) 732-5382

Clinton

Robert Baker
Clinton County Public Defender Office
111 S. Nelson Street, Suite 4
Wilmington, Ohio 45177
Term: Appointed January 1, 2013
for a four year term.

Ph: (937) 382-1316

Fax: (937) 382-8670

Columbiana*

Frederic E. Naragon
Columbiana County Criminal Defense Co.
P.O. Box 61
Salem, Ohio  44460
Term: Contract Services

Ph: (330) 337-9578

Fax: (330) 337-1223

Coshocton

Jeffrey Mullen
Coshocton County Public Defender Office
239 North 4th Street
Coshocton, Ohio 43812
Term: Re-appointed March 1, 2010
for a four year term.

Ph: (740) 623-0800

Fax: (740) 623-0296

Cuyahoga

Robert L. Tobik
Cuyahoga County Public Defender Office
310 Lakeside Avenue, Suite 400
Cleveland, Ohio 44113-1021
Term: Re-appointed January 2011
for a four year term.

Ph: (216) 443-7223

Fax: (216) 443-3632

Darke*

Paul Wagner
Indigent Legal Assistance Fund
of West Central Ohio
111 North Bridge Street
P.O. Box 315
Gettysburg, Ohio 45328
Term:  Contract Services

Ph: (937) 447-8181

Fax: (937) 841-0020

Erie

Jeffrey J. Whitacre
Erie County Public Defender Office
220 Columbus Ave.
Sandusky, Ohio 44870
Term: Re-appointed February 16, 2011
 for a four year term.

Ph: (419) 627-6620

Fax: (419) 627-6633

Franklin

Yeura R. Venters
Franklin County Public Defender Office
373 South High Street, 12th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Term: Re-appointed February 11, 2012
for a four year term

Ph: (614) 525-3194

Fax: (614) 461-6470

Gallia*

William Conley
Gallia County Criminal Defense Corp.
537 Second Avenue
Gallipolis, Ohio 45631
Term:  Contract Services

Ph: (740) 446-0603

 

Geauga

R. Robert Umholtz
Geauga County Public Defender Office
211 Main Street
Chardon, Ohio 44024
Term: Re-appointed December 1, 2011
for a four year term.

Ph: (440) 279-1890

Fax: (440) 286-4136

Greene

Arthur Sidell, III.
Greene County Public Defender Office
90 East Main Street
Xenia, Ohio 45385
Term: Re-appointed March 1, 2012
for a four year term.

Ph: (937) 562-5041

Fax: (937) 562-5671

Hamilton

Raymond Faller
Hamilton County Public Defender Office
230 East Ninth Street, 2nd Floor
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Term: Appointed August 1, 2012
for a two year term.

Ph: (513) 946-3700

Fax: (513) 946-3707

Hancock

Paul Maekask
Hancock County Public Defender Office
100 E. Main Cross, Suite 200
Findlay, Ohio 45840
Term: Appointed April 11, 2013 to December 31, 2013

Ph: (419) 424-7276

Fax: (419) 424-7274

Harrison

C. Adrian Pincola
Harrison County Public Defender Office
112 North Main Street
P.O. Box 427
Cadiz, Ohio 43907-0427
Term: Re-appointed January 1, 2013
for a four year term.

Ph: (740) 942-2080

Fax: n/a

Huron

David Longo
Huron County Public Defender Office
16 E. Main St., 2nd Floor
Norwalk, Ohio 44857
Term: Appointed January 2, 2012 on an interim basis expiring October 2014

Ph: (419) 668-3702

Fax: (419) 668-3703
(call first)

Knox

Bruce J. Malek
Knox County Public Defender Office
One Public Square
Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050
Term: Appointed January 1, 2013
for a four year term.

Ph: (740) 393-6734

Fax: (740) 397-6611

Lake

Charles Grieshammer
Lake County Public Defender Office   
125 East Erie Street, Suite 50
Painesville, Ohio 44077
Term: Appointed January 22, 2014 for a four year term.

Ph: (440) 350-3200 Fax: (440) 350-5715
or    (440) 918-5715

Lucas*

M. Sean McNulty
Toledo Legal Aid Society-Defender Division
1801 Spielbusch Avenue
Toledo, Ohio 43604
Term: Contract Services

Ph: (419) 213-6911

 

Medina

Jocelyn Stefancin
Medina County Public Defender Office
120 West Washington Street, Suite 2D
Medina, Ohio  44256
Term: Appointed February 19, 2013
for a two year term.

Ph: (330) 764-8437
Brunswick Office:
(330) 225-7100
Wadsworth Office:
(330) 336-6657

Fax: (330) 764-8440

Miami

Steven R. Layman
Miami County Public Defender Office
Courthouse, 2nd Floor
201 West Main Street
Troy, Ohio 45373
Term: Appointed January 3, 2011
for a four year term.

Ph: (937) 440-3950

Fax: (937) 440-3951

Monroe

C. Mark Morrison
Monroe County Public Defender Office
117 North Main Street
Woodsfield, Ohio 43793
Term: Re-appointed January 2013
for a one year term.

Ph: (740) 472-0703

Fax: (740) 472-9190

Montgomery

Rudy Wehner
Montgomery County Public Defender Office
117 S. Main Street, Suite 400
P.O. Box 972
Dayton, Ohio 45422
Term:  Appointed August 1, 2013
for a one year term.

Ph: (937) 225-4652

Fax: (937) 225-3449

Portage

Dennis D. Lager
Portage County Public Defender Office
209 South Chestnut, St., Suite 400
Ravenna, Ohio 44266
Term: Re-appointed August 7, 2013
for a four year term.

Ph: (330) 297-3665

Fax: (330) 298-2064

Ross

Susan Pettit
Office of the Ohio Public Defender
Ross County Branch Office
14 S. Paint St., Suite 54
Chillicothe, Ohio 45601 

Ph: (740) 772-4772

Fax: (740) 772-4825

Shelby

Jonathan Richard
Shelby County Public Defender Office
129 E. Court Street
Sidney, Ohio 45365
Term: Appointed January 1, 2014 with the term expiring on December 31, 2014.

Ph: (937) 498-1714

Fax: (937) 658-6124

Stark

Tammi R. Johnson
Stark County Public Defender Office
201 Cleveland Avenue SW, Suite 104
Canton, Ohio 44702
Term: Re-appointed July 1, 2013
for a four year term.

Ph: (330) 451-7200

Fax: (330) 451-7227

Summit*

Joseph S. Kodish
Legal Defender Office of 
Summit County, Ohio Inc.
One Cascade Plaza, Suite 1940
Akron, Ohio 44308
Term: Contract Services

Ph: (330) 434-3461 Fax: (330) 434-3371

Trumbull

Matthew Pentz
Office of the Ohio Public Defender
Trumbull County Branch Office
112 East Market Street
Warren, Ohio 44481

Ph: (234) 220-6990

Fax: (330) 393-7076

Tuscarawas

Gerald A. Latanich
Tuscarawas County Public Defender Office
153 North Broadway
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663
Term: Re-appointed January 1, 2011
for a four year term.

Ph: (330) 364-3523 Fax: (330) 364-7616

Union*

Perry Parsons
Union County Criminal Defense Lawyers
111 W. Sixth Street
Marysville, Ohio  43040
Term: Contract Services

Ph: (937) 644-3144 Fax: (937) 644-3517

Van Wert*

Kelly Rauch
Van Wert County Public Defender Office
124 East Main Street
Van Wert, Ohio 45891
Term: Contract Services

Ph: (419) 238-5025 Fax: (419) 238-4705

Washington

Raymond Smith
Office of the Ohio Public Defender 
Washington County Branch Office
Wesbanco Building
200 Putnam Street, Suite 200 
Marietta, Ohio 45750

Ph: (740) 373-1441 Fax: (740) 373-2133

Wayne

Beverly J. Wire
Wayne County Public Defender Program
113 West Liberty Street
Wooster, Ohio 44691
Term: Re-appointed January 12, 2011 
for a four year term.

Ph: (330) 287-5490 Fax: (330) 287-5479

Wood

Kathleen M. Hamm
Wood County Public Defender Office
123 North Summit Street
Bowling Green, Ohio 43402
Term: Re-appointed August 16, 2010
for a four year term.

Ph: (419) 354-9244 Fax: (419) 353-9865

The following counties do not have a public defender office and use court-appointed counsel only:

Ashland, Champaign, Crawford, Defiance, Delaware, Fairfield, Fulton, Guernsey, Hardin, Henry, Highland, Hocking, Holmes, Jefferson, Lawrence, Licking, Logan, Lorain, Madison, Mahoning, Marion, Mercer, Morgan, Morrow, Muskingum, Noble, Ottawa, Paulding, Perry, Preble, Putnam, Richland, Sandusky, Scioto, Seneca, Vinton, Warren, Williams, and Wyandot

* Denotes counties using non-profit corporations for some or all public defender services.

** Denotes counties using non-profit corporations for Guardian Ad Litem services only.


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H.L. Mencken

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