Bauer , Prosecutor
Ralph was born in Piqua, Ohio on April
2, 1963. He graduated from Houston High School in
1981. He attended Wittenberg University graduating
in 1985. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati,
College of Law in 1988. Ralph came home to the family farm
in Houston after law school and has practiced law in Sidney
since then. He is a member of the Shelby County Bar
Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, and the National
District Attorneys Association.
Ralph engaged in the private practice
of law in Sidney from 1988 until October 2006. During
that time he was affiliated with Kerrigan, Boller, Goettemoeller
& Beigel Co., LPA and most recently Ralph A. Bauer Co.
LPA. His private practice encompassed many areas of
the law including Corporate and Business, Divorce and Family
Law, Estate Planning, Real Estate Social Security Disability,
and Criminal. From 1988 - 1993 Ralph served as an
Assistant Shelby County Prosecutor and Assistant City of
Sidney Prosecutor. He was an Assistant Shelby County
Public Defender from 1993 - October 2006. In October
2006 Ralph returned to the Shelby County Prosecutor's Office
as an Assistant to James F. Stevenson.
With the election of James F. Stevenson
to the Shelby County Common Pleas Court Judgeship in November
2006 Ralph was appointed Interim Shelby County Prosecutor
by the Shelby Commissioners Larry Kleinhans, Jack
Toomey, and Dale Deloye. The Shelby County Republican
Central Committee appointed Ralph to fill James F. Stevenson’s
term as Shelby County Prosecutor. On January 22, 2007
the Governor Ted Strickland gave Ralph his Commission for
the remainder of the term. Ralph opted to become a
full time prosecutor and no longer engage in the private
practice of law.
Ralph's nineteen years of private practice
has given him much valuable and varied experienced in many
areas of the law. He has tried civil trials for plaintiffs
and defendants and has represented clients in business and
real estate matters. He has assisted clients with
family issues, including wills, estates, guardianships,
power of attorney, disability claims, and the many other
varied legal matters every family must deal with from time
Ralph’s career as a prosecutor,
both as an assistant and appointed prosecutor has been no
less active. Ralph has handled numerous cases of all
kinds including cases of such notoriety as the Trevor Toves
and Christopher Harris murder cases. He has
worked closely with local elected officials and agencies
including County Office holders, Township Trustees, and
the many departments and agencies of local government.
In that capacity he has provided legal advice and representations
to both the elected officials and agencies in the many legal
matters that they must address on a regular basis.
He resides in Houston with his wife
Lisa and their four children Aaron, Christian, Betsy, and
W. Kerrigan, II, Assistant Prosecutor
Kerrigan, the son of Thomas W. Kerrigan, Sr., a respected
local attorney, Shelby County Prosecuting Attorney, and
Probate and Juvenile Court Judge, is a life long resident
of Sidney. Tom was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1984
after receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science
and History from Miami University, and his Juris Doctorate
from Ohio Northern University. While at Ohio Northern,
Tom served as editor-in-chief of the First Amendment
Law School Publication.
Tom has served as an Assistant
Prosecuting Attorney since 1984 and is a member of the American
Bar Association and the Ohio State Bar Association.
He is also very involved in the community, serving on Shelby
County Heart Association Projects, a Board Member of the
Shelby County AAA, officer of the Knights of Columbus, elected
member of the Democratic Central and Executive Committees
and as campaign chairman for numerous successful elected
official campaigns, and is active in Sidney Youth Soccer
Program. Tom is responsible for tax collections and
advising County School Boards for the Prosecutor's Office.
He is also a member of the law firm of Kerrigan,
Boller, Goettemoeller & Beigel Co., LPA where he works
with personal injury claims, wrongful death suits, insurance
law, wills and trusts, landlord-tenant issues, and family
law. Tom is married to the former Pamela Schmiesing
and has two daughters, Lauren and Katie, and a son, Thomas
W. Kerrigan III.
J. Beigel, Assistant Prosecutor
J. Beigel, shareholder, born El Paso, Texas, January 30,
1960; admitted to bar 1986, Ohio; also admitted to practice
before U. S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts
of Ohio. Preparatory education, Miami (Ohio) University
(B.Ph. with concentration in chemistry, 1982); Ohio State
University (MBA, 2000); legal education, Ohio State University
(J.D. 1986). Solicitor for the Villages of Lockington (1989-),
Port Jefferson (1989-) and Fort Loramie (2003-), Ohio. Assistant
Prosecuting Attorney, Shelby County, Ohio, 2003-. Member:
Shelby County and Ohio State Bar Associations.
Jeff is experienced in handling a wide variety of legal
matters for individuals, families and corporations. Jeff's
areas of practice include corporate and business representation,
elder law, estate planning and probate, real estate, family
law and federal, state and local litigation.
Rachael E. Stir, Assistant Prosecutor
Rachael E. Stir, Assistant Prosecutor, born in Ashville, Ohio on February 19, 1981; admitted to the Ohio State Bar in 2006; admitted to the Northern District of Ohio in 2007. Graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2003 (B.A. in Communications), and Capital University Law School in 2006 (J.D.) with a concentration in dispute resolution. Rachael is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and the Shelby County Bar Association. She has previously worked in the areas of insurance defense, personal injury and family law matters. She joined the prosecutor’s office in 2011 as the counsel for the Shelby County Department of Job and Family Services, Children Service’s Division.
Rachael currently resides in Sidney, Ohio with daughter, Cora.
M. George, after graduating from Botkins High School,
Kathy attended Northwestern Business College, where she
received an Associates Degree in Business with a minor in
Legal Assisting. Kathy has been with the Prosecutor's Office
since 1985, and assists in the collection of taxes and delinquent
accounts for all the county offices. Kathy is also the computer
systems analyst for the office. She currently resides in
Botkins with her husband Frank and their two daughters,
Kristen and Erin.
Pamela J. Kerrigan
has been working with the Prosecutor’s Office for
20 years now assisting with collection of delinquent real
estate taxes. Pamela graduated from Houston High School
and the Upper Valley Joint Vocational School in Word Processing.
Pamela also completed the Upper Valley School of Court Reporting
program associated with the Sinclair Community College in
Pamela currently serves as a board member
of New Choices, a local abuse shelter. Pamela is also a
member of Women In Networking, a council of the Sidney-Shelby
County Chamber of Commerce, and also enjoys participating
in various activities with the Holy Angels School and Church
in Sidney, Ohio.
Pamela grew up on a farm outside of Sidney
on State Route 705, along with 12 brothers and sisters.
Pamela and her husband, Thomas W. Kerrigan, II, currently
reside in Sidney with their son, Thomas W. Kerrigan, III,
better known as Trey Kerrigan.
Diane Frank joined
the Prosecutorís office in October 2003. She is a
graduate of Jackson Center High School and Miami Jacobs
Jr. College of Business in Dayton, Ohio. She brings
to the office 10 years of legal experience and 10 years
of experience working in local government for the Village
of Jackson Center and Jackson Township. Diane resides
just outside of Jackson Center with her family and enjoys
spending time attending school and sporting events.
Heather L. Roe-McClain joined the Prosecutor’s Office full time in February, 2011 and is involved with the management of case files on behalf of the Department of Job and Family Services - Children Services Division. Heather also assists in the Appellate work for all county offices on behalf of the Prosecutor’s Office.
In 2010 Heather graduated from Edison State Community College, where she received her Associate’s Degree in Applied Business in Paralegal Studies. She is also a paralegal member of the OSBA. Heather resides just outside Sidney with her husband Brain and their daughter, Addyson. She currently enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.
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