By STACY MILLBERG - email@example.com
Nick Iarocci will take over as Ashtabula County prosecutor Dec. 1, until the Democratic Central Committee appoints a permanent replacement for Ashtabula County Prosecutor Tom Sartini.
Ashtabula County commissioners formally accepted Sartini’s resignation and appointed Iarocci to fill the position during Thursday’s regular session.
Sartini announced his intent to retire back in September after serving as prosecutor for the last 17 years. His last day is Nov. 30.
The Democratic Central Committee has up to 45 days to appoint someone to fill the remainder of Sartini’s term, which will expire in 2014.
“It has been my honor and pleasure to serve as county prosecutor for the past 17 years,” Sartini said Thursday. “My plan was not quite to do this, but God had a different plan for me.”
Sartini said he has enjoyed the work, but is looking forward to spending time with his wife, Marlene, and his family.
“The appointment of Nick is the right thing to do,” he said. “He is well qualified and he wants the job, which is the most important thing. I’m sure he will serve the county well.”
Sartini thanked the commissioners for all of their support over the years.
Commissioner Peggy Carlo said it has been an honor to work with Sartini.
“He has certainly given his all to this community,” she said. “I wish you all the best.”
Iarocci brings with him 24 years of experience, not only in law, but with civic involvement as well.
“I am deeply honored, and humbled, to be considered for this appointment,” he said. “Tom has been working with me and mentoring me through this transition.”
Iarocci said he is committed to the county and excited to get to work.
A graduate of Conneaut High School, Iarocci received a business degree from Miami University (Ohio) in 1986 and went on to pursue a law degree at the University of Toledo.
After graduating from the UT’s College of Law in 1989, Iarocci began his legal career as an associate environmental law attorney for Fuller and Henry in Toledo. In 1994, he joined the team at Marshall and Melhorn in Toledo, before returning to Ashtabula County in 1995.
Iarocci served as assistant county prosecutor from January 1995 to December 1996. He has been managing attorney of the Iarocci Law Firm, LLC in Conneaut from 1995 to the present.
Iarocci’s civic involvement in the county includes serving as a board member of the Ashtabula County Port Authority; vice president of The Conneaut Foundation Board of Trustees; he was appointed and elected to the Conneaut Area City Schools Board of Education from October 202 to December 2011 and was president in 2005, 2006 and 2011; he is a 2002 graduate of LEADERship Ashtabula County, serving as day chairperson and a past member of the board of trustees; he is co-founder and co-trustee of the Ashtabula County Basketball Foundation, Inv.; member of the board of directors of the Conneaut Human Resources Center; member of the board of directors of the United Way of Ashtabula County; Catholic Charities board of directors member; Conneaut Lions Club member; he is a past member of the Conneaut Community Center for the Arts board of directors; a past member of the Community Counseling Center board of directors; a member of St. Mary/St. Francis Cabrini Parish; a member of the Conneaut Optimist Club, Conneaut Moose Club, Conneaut Elks Club and Conneaut Knights of Columbus; he is past precinct committeeman for the Ashtabula County Democratic Party; past Conneaut Local Youth Organization Baseball and Softball coach; and sports broadcaster for WWOW Radio 1360 AM and The Conneaut Telephone Company CableSuite 541.
Iarocci has served as president of the Ashtabula County Bar Association from 2012 to 2013; he is a member of the Ohio Bar Association, American Bar Association, Ohio Association for Justice and the American Academy of Trial Lawyers. He is the chairman of the Ashtabula County Bar Association Family Law Committee and former chairman of the Ashtabula County Bar Association Certified Grievance Committee.
Iarocci was named 2011 Conneaut Citizen of the Year by the Conneaut Area Chamber of Commerce and received the Conneaut Area Chamber of Commerce President’s Award for 2007.
Commissioner Joe Moroski said he personally had the opportunity to work with Iarocci as young men.
“I have a high degree of confidence he will serve the county well,” he said.