Commissioners appoint Cooper acting county prosecutor

Cecelia Cooper

JEFFERSON — Chief Assistant County Prosecutor Cecelia Cooper will officially serve as acting county prosecutor starting Jan. 1.

County Prosecutor Nicholas Iarocci, a Democrat recently elected as Conneaut Municipal Court judge, submitted Monday to the Ashtabula County Board of Commissioners his formal intent to step down Dec. 31.

Commissioners approved a resolution Tuesday during their regular meeting which names Cooper as the person to take the reins between the time Iarocci leaves until the time the Ashtabula County Democratic Central Committee appoints someone to fill out the remainder of his term through 2020.

Under Ohio law commissioners can appoint an acting county prosecutor to fill

in until the Central Committee meets to appoint someone.

That meeting cannot occur until five days after the resignation and not later than 45 days after it, Iarocci said.

“That meeting date has not yet been scheduled,” Iarocci said.

Cooper said she’s eager to start her new role as acting county prosecutor.

“I hope to continue the office moving forward in a positive direction,” Cooper said. “I look forward to having the same open relationship with commissioners, an atmosphere Mr. Iarocci has forged over his time in office.”

Cooper will make an “outstanding successor,” Iarocci said.

“She has served in her role as chief assistant prosecutor in an excellent way,” Iarocci said. “I feel very confident she will continue the successes we collectively have had in my office.”

Cooper has filed petitions with the Board of Elections to run as a Democrat for county prosecutor in the March primary election.

Republicans Malcolm Douglas and David Per Due are also seeking the office.

In other business, the

Board of County Commissioners approved a resolution

to place a 1-mill renewal levy

on the March ballot for Ashtabula County Senior

Services.

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