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.


John D. Ferrero, Stark County Prosecutor

Current Position:

  • Stark County Prosecuting Attorney appointed March, 2003 and elected November, 2004 to a four year term starting January 1, 2005, and reelected in November 2008, 2012 and 2016 to consecutive four year terms.


  • 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 (2005-2006)
  • 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


  • Friends of the Children's Network of Stark County, Inc. - Board Member and Past President
  • Health Foundation of Greater Massillon - Board Member and Past Chairman
  • Stark County Bar Association - Board Member, Vice-Chairman of the Grievance Committee and Past President
  • Stark County Budget Commission - Board Member and Chairman
  • Stark County Community Corrections Planning Board - Board Member and Treasurer

Member of:

  • Catholic Service League, the YMCA and YWCA of Western Stark County and the Massillon Italian-American Club - Former Board Member
  • Fight Crime: Invest in Kids
  • “Friends of Children Network”
  • Law Enforcement Coordinating Central Committee, Northern District of Ohio
  • National College of District Attorneys Alumni Association
  • National District Attorneys Association
  • Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force
  • Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association, Executive Committee and Amicus Committee - Treasurer and Past Secretary
  • Ohio School Board Attorney Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Ohio Township Association
  • Stark Council of Governments, Executive Committee
  • Stark County Local Emergency Planning Committee
  • Stark County Metropolitan Narcotics Unit Advisory Committee
  • Stark County Police Chiefs Association
  • Stark County Records Commission
  • Stark County Regional Planning Commission, Executive Committee
  • 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 member and advocate with the Massillon Knights of Columbus, Eagles Post 190, Massillon, the Massillon Boys and Girls Club, Massillon/North Canton Elks, Massillon Moose and various V.F.W. organizations
  • Lifelong member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Massillon where he serves as an usher
  • 2004 Inductee into the Alliance Area Negro History Club



Paid for by Keep Ferrero Prosecutor Committee, Krissa Olson, Treasurer, 6209 Great Court Cir. N.W., Massillon, OH 44646