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Civil Division

Civil Division of the Prosecutor's Office

The Prosecutor is the statutory representative for Erie County governmental entities, including all county agencies, county elected officials, library districts, State Fire Marshals, townships and school districts as required. A total of 173 public entities are represented by the three member Civil Division. The Civil Division responsibilities require attendance at a variety of board meetings and hearings for administrative and legal matters. The Division also aids in the collection of unpaid real estate taxes on behalf of Erie County Treasurer.

Gerhard R. Gross - Commissioners' Counsel

Born and raised in Sandusky, Gery received his B.A. degree from The Ohio State University in 1980 and his J.D. degree from the University of Houston in 1986, and has been an attorney licensed by the State of Texas since that same year. He was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 2000 and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio in 2006. After practicing civil litigation in Houston, Texas for many years, Gery returned to Erie County and entered private practice in Sandusky in 2000, concentrating on civil litigation involving small business matters, real estate, landlord-tenant, and family law. Gery joined the Civil Division of the Prosecutor's Office in 2013, providing representation and counsel to the Board of County Commissioners, various elected county officials, and numberous county boards, officials and staff, as well as township governments.

Gary Lickfelt - Assistant Prosecutor

Gary was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1973 and has been an assistant prosecutor since 1974. He was admitted to the U.S.D.C., Northern Division on June 6, 1980 and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in 2003. He represents the Erie County Board of Commissioners, its staff, and other elected officials in County and Township government in the areas of resolution drafting, document interpretation, contract construction and administration, road/sanitary sewer projects and advocates in federal and state courts for County entities. Gary graduated in business in 1966 from Bowling Green State University and a 1973 law graduate from The Ohio State University.

Mark P. Smith - Assistant Prosecutor

Born and raised in Sandusky, Ohio, Mark is a 2004 graduate of Perkins High School. Mark received his B.A. degree in Criminal Justice from Baldwin Wallace College (now Baldwin Wallace University) in 2008, and his J.D. from the University of Toledo College of Law in 2011, and was then admitted to the Ohio Bar. A former Staff Attorney for the UAW Legal Services Plan and Senior Associate Attorney for the local firm of Oglesby & Oglesby, LPA, Mark has years of experience in civil litigation, estate planning and administration, domestic relations, land transfers and contract negotiation. Mark joined the Erie County Prosecutor's Office in 2016, where he provides advice and counsel to the Erie County Board of Commissioners, various elected county officials, and numerous other county and township boards, officials, and staff.