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, Judges, County Budget Commission, Adult Probation Dept., Human Resources and Board of Elections.
Allison Manayan: Represents the County Auditor, Clerk of Courts, Recorder, Treasurer, Board of Revision, Data Processing Board, Health District, and Records Commission.
David Garnier: Represents the County Engineer, Developmental Disabilities Board, Building Department, Regional Planning Office, and Water Resources Department.
Chris Meduri: Represents the 18 Townships, County Airport Authority, School Boards, and Library Board.
Gregory Barton and Brandon Wheeler: Represent the Department of Job and Family Services in all child abuse, neglect, and dependency cases.
David Brode: Represents the Department of Job and Family Services as general counsel, and in child emergency shelter care, and adult protective services.
Timothy Piero: Represents the County Coroner, Sheriff, Mental Health and Recovery Board, Dog Warden, EMA/Homeland Security, Park District, Veterans Services, and Workers Compensation.
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