Joe Deters

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Joe Deters
44th Ohio State Treasurer
In office
January 11, 1999 – January, 2005
Preceded by Ken Blackwell
Succeeded by Jennette Bradley
Personal details
Born (1957-04-04) April 4, 1957 (age 58)
Political party Republican
Alma mater

Joseph T. "Joe" Deters (born April 4, 1957) is an American politician of the Republican party who currently serves as Prosecuting Attorney for Hamilton County, Ohio. He is a 1975 graduate of St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati.[1]


Deters began his career in public service in 1982 as an Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor. He was elected to the position of Hamilton County Clerk of Courts in 1988. In 1992, Joe returned to the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s office when he was elected Prosecutor. He was subsequently reelected in 1996.

In 1999, Deters was sworn in as Ohio’s 44th State Treasurer. As Treasurer, he was responsible for collecting, managing and investing over $11 billion in assets for the State of Ohio. In the fall of 2004, Deters became a write-in candidate for his former position, Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney. He was elected Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney on November 2, 2004 with nearly 60% of the vote. On April 1, 2005, Deters and Matthias Heck were sued in their official capacity in a federal lawsuit, Citizens for Tax Reform v. Deters.

In 2012, Deters was highly critical of Xavier University for expelling Dezmine Wells, one of its basketball players, due to a rape allegation. Prior to the school hearing on the matter a grand jury had refused to prosecute Wells and Deters, who is known for being tough on crime and said the prosecutor's office had conducted a thorough investigation, maintained that the accusation lacked any credibility and the decision "wasn't even close."[2][3] He said that the school proceedings had egregiously violated Wells' right to a fair hearing by putting the burden of proof on Wells instead of his accuser, had assigned incompetent staff to examine the forensic evidence, and prevented Wells from presenting evidence which would have proven his innocence. After learning of Xavier's decision, he called for the university to reexamine Wells' expulsion.[2]


Deters is a 1979 graduate of the University of Cincinnati and graduated from the University of Cincinnati College Of Law in 1982. He is a member of the Cincinnati Bar Association, National District Attorneys Association and Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association. He has served on the University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees, Ohio Organized Crime Commission and the Southern Ohio Leukemia Foundation.


  1. ^ "Voter Information for Joseph T. Deters. November 5, 2002 Election". Smart Voter. League of Women Voters of Ohio. 2002-12-06. Retrieved 2008-10-25. 
  2. ^ a b "Few rights for either side in college judicial procedures". Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 5 February 2015. 
  3. ^ McCourcy, Mike. "Dez Wells' expulsion from Xavier ‘fundamentally unfair,’ prosecutor says". SportingNews. Retrieved 5 February 2015. 

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