Law Director

Law Department Staff

Assistant prosecutors are Ron Gatts and Jordan Knabb. Civil Assistant is William F. Morris. Office coordinator is Pam Tasker and paralegal is John Gasparik.

Department Responsibilities

Criminal Cases

The Law Department is responsible for the prosecution of criminal cases which arise within the City of Alliance and surrounding Stark County Townships of Lexington, Washington, Marlboro, and Paris as well as Villages of Minvera, Robertsville and Lima. Misdemeanor and felony cases occurring in these areas may be filed in the Alliance Municipal Court for adjudication.

Misdemeanor cases are fully adjudicated by the court through trial and sentencing.Felony cases are prosecuted through the preliminary hearing stage and may be bound over to the Stark County Common Pleas Court for further adjudication.

Criminal Offense Reports

The Law Department reviews criminal offense reports presented by the Alliance Police Department, Marlboro Township Police Department, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stark County Sheriff’s Office, Stark County Dog Warden, and Stark County Park Rangers, as well as other state and federal law enforcement officers.

Law Enforcement Assistance

The Law Department assists law enforcement by providing legal guidance and advice, obtaining search and arrest warrants, securing subpoenas for evidence and witnesses, and working with victims of crimes.

City Representation

The Law Department also represents the City of Alliance in civil cases filed in state and federal court, prepares and reviews contracts, drafts legislation, and provides legal advise to all city officers, elected officials, and various city boards.

About the Law Director

Jennifer Arnold is originally from Caldwell, Ohio. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from The Ohio State University in 1992 and her J.D. from the University of Akron in 1999. Jennifer has lived in Alliance since 1999 and currently resides with her teenage twin boys.

Jennifer worked as an Assistant Prosecutor for the City of Alliance from 2001 - 2004. In 2014 she was appointed as Law Director and was elected to a full term in November, 2015. She also has a private practice in North Canton, Ohio.

Jennifer’s special interest is advocating for victims. She holds several civic and professional memberships including the Executive Committee of the Stark County Bar Association, the Stark County Domestic Violence Collaborative, the National Organization for Victim’s Assistance, the Ohio State Bar Association, the Women’s Division of the Alliance Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Trustees for Votes for Women, and the Alliance YWCA.