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Civil Division

A 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 and townships and school districts as required. A total of 173 public entities are represented by the three member Civil Division. In the most recent year, the Division issued over 200 written opinions, attended more than 25 administrative hearings and 90 general governmental meetings, and represented the interests of 14 statutory entities in 28 administrative and federal/state court proceedings. The Civil Division responsibilities require attendance at a variety of board meetings, often held in the evening. The Division aids in the collection of unpaid real estate taxes on behalf of Erie County Treasurer, and in advising the Erie County Auditor and Treasurer on the collection of personal property taxes.


Sandy J. Rubino - Chief Assistant Prosecutor, Civil Division

Born in Akron, Ohio and raised in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Sandy graduated from the University of Akron in 1975 with a B.A. in Political Science and in 1978 from the University of Akron School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree. While at the School of Law he was a member of the National Moot Court team and an Associate Justice of Bracton’s Inn.

Sandy has been a lawyer for 30 years both in private practice and in government. He joined the staff of the Erie County Prosecutor in July 2005. He was previously employed by the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office where he was Chief Assistant Prosecutor-Civil Division. He has a wide range of both practical and legal experience in government. He has served the public as a City Councilman for Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio for nine plus years and as an acting judge in the Cuyahoga Falls Municipal Court. He has represented county government in cases before the Supreme Court of Ohio, 9th District Court of Appeals, United States District Court and the Federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. He has lectured in areas of 2506 Appeals, Ethics in Government and Annexation. He has also worked in the Criminal Division of the Erie County Prosecutor's Office handling felony cases.


Gary Lickfelt - Commissioners' Counsel

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.


Jason Hinners - Assistant Prosecutor

Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Jason graduated from Miami University (Ohio) in 1999 with a B.S. degree in Human Resources Management and Organizational Behavior and from the University of Dayton School of Law in 2003. While in law school, Jason was a law clerk for Judge Nick Kuntz of the Montgomery County Juvenile Court and a hearing officer for the Greene County Teen Court program. Since graduating from law school, Jason has focused on real estate law, construction law, and general business law as an associate attorney and as general counsel for a real estate development and construction firm.