Melissa Powers sworn in as Hamilton County Prosecutor

Published: Jan. 24, 2023 at 9:45 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 24, 2023 at 9:47 AM EST
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - Melissa Powers was sworn in Tuesday as Hamilton County’s newest prosecutor.

Powers replaces Joe Deters who was appointed by Gov. Mike DeWine to the Ohio Supreme Court.

She says she won’t make any drastic changes to the prosecutor’s office.

Powers says she will continue to put the victim first and be a voice against predators who prey on children.

“Many have asked why I wanted to become prosecutor. I have a simple philosophy. If I can make a difference. If I can ensure the prosecutor’s office remains an institution of law and order then it is my duty to serve and my moral obligation to the citizens of Hamilton County,” Powers said.

The Hamilton County Republican Party Central Committee appointed Powers, a former juvenile court judge, to be prosecutor.

For the past 16 years, Powers served as Hamilton County Judge -- first in municipal court and later in juvenile court -- but did not run for reelection in 2022.

Prior to her time as a judge, she served as an assistant prosecutor.

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