|19th and 21st Hamilton County, Ohio Prosecuting Attorney|
|Preceded by||Michael K. Allen|
|Preceded by||Arthur M. Ney, Jr.|
|Succeeded by||Michael K. Allen|
|44th Ohio State Treasurer|
January 11, 1999 – January, 2005
|Preceded by||Ken Blackwell|
|Succeeded by||Jennette Bradley|
|Born||April 4, 1957|
Joe Deters began his career in public service in 1982 as an Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor where he learned first-hand the impact violent crime has on families and neighborhoods. As an assistant prosecutor, Joe dedicated his life to serving and helping communities.
After a notable tenure as a tough prosecutor, Joe was elected to the position of Hamilton County Clerk of Courts in 1988. Joe honed his skills as a manager of a large office while Clerk and gained the respect of other officeholders and the community. In 1992, Joe returned to the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office when he was appointed and later that year, elected Prosecuting Attorney. Through his tireless efforts prosecuting tough cases and society’s most violent offenders, Joe garnered a reputation as a no-nonsense advocate for victims of crime and became a key figure in making Hamilton County safer. He was subsequently re-elected in 1996 and continued to vigorously pursue his goal of making Hamilton County a safer place to live.
In 1999, Joe was sworn in as Ohio’s 44th Treasurer of State, where he was responsible for collecting, managing and investing more than $11 billion in assets for the State of Ohio. During his six year tenure, the Ohio Treasurer’s Office received 23 national awards for innovation and technology and earned interest on investments faster than any previous administration.
In the fall of 2004, Joe Deters became a write-in candidate for his former position, Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney. He was elected on November 2, 2004 with nearly 60% of the vote. He was subsequently reelected in 2008, 2012 and 2016.
As Hamilton County’s longest serving Prosecuting Attorney (1992-1999 and 2005-present), Joe currently oversees and manages an office of over 180 employees (both criminal and civil divisions), which includes assistant prosecuting attorneys and support staff. The office prosecutes felony and misdemeanor crimes committed by adults and all offenses committed by juveniles. The Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney also serves as the legal counsel for county officials, county agencies, townships and various boards.
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.
J. Kenneth Blackwell
|Treasurer of Ohio
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