Stark County Ohio
The Auditor serves as Stark County’s chief fiscal officer, chief assessor, and sealer of weights and measures. As fiscal officer, he is responsible for maintaining county financial records and issuing warrants for payment of county obligations. Read More
As assessor, the office is charged with determining property values for taxing purposes and transferring real property deeds. As sealer of weights and measures, the office tests and certifies the accuracy of various commercial measuring methods.
In addition, the Auditor serves as secretary to the Board of Revision and the Budget Commission, and deputy registrar for the BMV. Other duties include issuing dog and vendor licenses, certifying tax rates, administering various tax reduction programs and maintaining the county's tax maps.
Clerk of Courts
Nancy S. Reinboldwww.starkclerk.org
The Clerk of Common Pleas Court provides two fundamental services. First, it is the “Core of the Court”, playing a vital role in serving the interest of justice. Secondly, it is the agent for the State of Ohio's Automobile and Watercraft Title Division. Read More
Duties of the Clerk’s office include filing, docketing, indexing and preserving all court pleadings for civil, criminal, domestic relations and juvenile cases. The Clerk collects and disburses fines and court costs.
As the agent for the State of Ohio's Automobile and Watercraft Title Division, the Clerk’s office issues nearly 400,000 vehicle title transactions per year. The Stark County Clerk has three auto title offices located with State of Ohio Deputy Registrars, making it possible to transfer an auto title and obtain license plates at the same location.
Janet Weir Creighton
The Board of Stark County Commissioners is a body of three elected Commissioners. Commissioners are elected for four year terms. Commissioners cannot act independently, but formal and official actions must be taken by a majority vote of the Board. Read More
Commissioners are county governments’ taxing, budgeting, appropriating, and purchasing authority, and hold title to all county property. The Board negotiates contracts, bargains with labor organizations, enacts policies to deliver public services, and oversees the specific County departments that serve under their authority. Commissioners other responsibilities include hearing and ruling on annexations, approving drainage improvements, establishing water and sewer districts, and providing for solid waste disposal.
P.S. Murthy, MDwww.starkcountyohio.gov/coroner
The Stark County Coroner’s office exists to provide medico legal investigative services for Stark County. The Coroner’s office is responsible for the investigation of all accidental, homicidal, occupational, suicidal and sudden and unexpected deaths as mandated by the Ohio Revised Code. Read More
The duties of the Stark County Coroner's office include, scene investigation surrounding the circumstances of a death, the identification of the deceased, notifying the next of kin, performing autopsies when needed, certification of the death, documentation of investigation and autopsy, and safekeeping and disposition of evidence and personal property of the deceased.
The Coroner’s Office responds to death calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Court of Common Pleas
Honorable Kristin G. Farmer
Honorable Frank G. Forchione
Honorable John G. Haas
Honorable Taryn L. Heath
Honorable Curt Werrenwww.starkcountyohio.gov/common-pleas
The Stark County Court of Common Pleas, General Division, has original jurisdiction in criminal felony cases and in civil cases in which the amount in controversy exceeds $500.00. Civil cases encompass a wide range of lawsuits including: negligence, property disputes, breach of contract, foreclosure, workers compensation, and appellate jurisdiction over the decisions of some state administrative agencies. There is a Court of Common Pleas in each of Ohio's 88 counties. Read More
Common pleas court judges are elected to six-year terms on a non-partisan ballot. A person must be an attorney with at least six years of experience in the practice of law to be elected or appointed to the court.
The Stark County Engineer’s Office is responsible for maintaining approximately 410 miles of roadway, 333 bridges, and 93 traffic signals under the county’s jurisdiction. The office includes departments in highway maintenance, bridge maintenance, hydraulics, traffic, and surveying. Read More
Department activities include maintaining roadway drainage, snow removal, pothole patching, resurfacing, bridge inspections and upkeep, among others. Funding for these activities is comprised of gas tax revenue, license plate fees, and grants from state and federal sources.
Jim D. James
Michael L. Howard
Rosemarie A. Hall
The Juvenile Court is under the jurisdiction of the Domestic Relations Division. This Court has been known as the Family Court for over 40 years. The Domestic Relations Division holds hearings and makes determinations on cases involving divorce and dissolution, change of custody, companionship/visitation, domestic violence, child support enforcement, and contempt of court actions. Read More
The Juvenile Court provides programs, services, and hearings to deal with the wide variety of problems that families and juveniles bring to the Court. The Juvenile Court hears cases involving delinquent and unruly juveniles, juvenile traffic offenders, dependent, neglected or abused children, adults who have contributed to the delinquency of a juvenile, paternity actions, child support actions, and custody disputes.
Fifth District Court of Appeals
W. Scott Gwin
William B. Hoffman
Sheila G. Farmer
John W. Wise
Patricia A. Delaney
Craig R. Baldwin
The Fifth District Court of Appeals is the intermediate level appellate court, whose primary function is to hear appeals from the Common Pleas, Municipal and County courts. There are 12 appellate districts in Ohio, each of which is served by a Court of Appeals that sit in each of the counties of the district. The Fifth District serves 15 counties: Ashland, Coshocton, Delaware, Fairfield, Guernsey, Holmes, Knox, Licking, Morgan, Morrow, Muskingum, Perry, Richland, Stark and Tuscarawas. Read More
Each case is heard and decided by a three-judge panel. In addition to their appellate jurisdiction, the Courts of Appeals have original jurisdiction to hear applications for writs of habeas corpus, mandamus, procedendo, prohibition and quo warranto.
Honorable Dixie Parkwww.probate.co.stark.oh.us
The Probate Court touches the lives of every citizen of Stark County. The Stark County Probate Court presides over the issuance of marriage licenses, adoptions, the administration of decedent’s estates, name changes, the appointment of guardians for incapacitated adults and the supervision of their property, birth record corrections and registrations. Read More
The Stark County Probate Court continually strives to fulfill its duties courteously, efficiently and effectively. Please feel free to contact this office if you have any comments, questions, or concerns regarding the operation of this Court.
John D. Ferrerowww.starkcountyohio.gov/prosecutor
As Stark County’s Chief Attorney and one of the Law Enforcement Officers, the Prosecutor oversees assistant prosecutors and staff personnel in criminal and civil matters as he is authorized by the Laws of the State of Ohio. Read More
The Stark County Prosecuting Attorney’s mission is to seek justice and comfort for victims of crime and prosecute those who break the law. This office provides legal advice and representation to the county and township governmental subdivisions, public agencies, and public officials.
In order to better serve the Stark County the office has the following divisions: Civil, Criminal with Sections (Grand Jury, Trial and Appellate), Juvenile, Victim/Witness, Administration, and Secret Service.
The County Recorder has the important task of keeping the vital records of ownership and all encumbrances or liens pertaining to real estate. Without the County Recorder’s office safekeeping and organizing of all recorded documents, it would be nearly impossible to purchase land and be assured of a clear chain of title. Read More
Documents maintained in the Recorder’s office are: Deeds, Mortgages, Certificates of Transfer, Affidavits, Easements & Rights of Way, Oil & Gas Leases, Land Contracts, Plats & Condominiums, Partnerships, Powers of Attorney, Zoning Resolutions & Amendments, Military Service Discharges (DD214), Financing Statements (UCC’s-Real Estate Only), Bills of Sale, Liens, Mechanic’s Liens, Corrupt Activity and Medicaid Fraud Liens, Unemployment Compensation Liens, Workers’ Compensation Liens, Federal Tax Liens, Child Support Liens, Medical Living Wills and Durable Powers of Attorney.
George T. Maierwww.sheriff.co.stark.oh.us
The Stark County Sheriff’s office is a full service law enforcement agency providing services to patrol unincorporated areas. We maintain a radio communications dispatch center, operate a metro narcotics investigative unit, and are in charge of the jail, transporting prisoners to court and sentenced inmates to prison. Read More
Sheriff’s office personnel have the primary responsibility for the service of legal documents; including summonses, subpoenas, warrants, and lawsuits. The Sheriff’s office performs evictions, repossessions, and attaches, seizes, and sells property as ordered by the court. The Stark County Sheriff’s office has responsibility for issuing concealed carry weapons (CCW) permits and registering all sex offenders.
The Stark County Treasurer is the chief investment officer of the county. He successfully manages more than $750 million in revenue annually. Safety, liquidity and earning a market rate of return on the County’s money are his primary responsibility. Read More
As cash manager of the County, the Treasurer collects all payments including real estate, manufactured home, inheritance taxes as well as vendors, cigarette, and dog license fees. Daily financial statements of the deposits are prepared for the County Auditor.
The Stark County Treasurer serves on the Budget Commission, the Board of Revision, the Investment Advisory Board, the Stark County Microfilming Board, and the Automatic Data Processing Board.