The Civil Division provides legal representation to all County elected officials and their respective offices. It also provides legal representation to all County Boards and Commissions, the County's eighteen Townships, their Trustees, Clerks, and Zoning Boards. This Division represents all of these entities in matters of litigation in State and Federal Courts, contracts, personnel matters, collection of real estate and personal property taxes owed the County, and rendering general legal advice to all of the County and Township officials. This Division is staffed by nine attorneys, law clerks, an investigator, and their support staff.
Denise Smith: Division Chief. Represents County Commissioners, Board of Elections, Civil Rights, Common Pleas, Domestic Relations, Juvenile/Probate and Municipal Court Judges, Labor & Personnel, Probate, Sheriff, Port Authority
Theresa Scahill: Represents Adult Protective Services, Building Department, Clerk of Courts, County Engineer, Health District, Mental Health and Recovery Board, Board of Developmental Disability, Regional Planning, Solid Waste District, Probation Department, Water Resources
Allison Manayan: Represents Department of Human Services, Child Abuse, Neglect and Dependency.
Charmine Ballard: Represents Department of Human Services, Child Abuse, Neglect and Dependency.
Chris Meduri: Represents Airport Authority, Liquor Hearings, Tax Incentive Programs, Townships, Zoning
Jared Smiley: Represents County Auditor, County Treasurer, Board of Revision, Coroner, Data Processing, Audit Reviews, Board of Tax Appeals, Budget Commission, Records Commission, Emergency Management Agency, Veterans Services
David Brode: Represents Library Boards, County School Board (Education Service Center), Dog Warden, County Recorder, Park District, Workers Compensation, County Nursing Home (Non-Personnel Issues), Schools, Welfare Fraud
Barbara Ruonavaara, Paralegal
The Portage County Prosecutor's Office
241 South Chestnut Street
Ravenna, Ohio 44266
Office: (330) 297-3850
Criminal Division: (330) 297-3856
Civil Division: (330) 297-4594
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
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