The Prosecuting Attorney serves as the legal adviser for county and township officers, boards, commissions, as well as several other tax-supported county entities. The Civil Division’s General Unit provides day-to-day legal advice, drafts and prepares legal documents, negotiates agreements, advises boards and officials, and represents our clients in civil litigation matters.
The Civil Division’s Tax Unit represents the Shelby County Auditor and the Shelby County Treasurer in all matters relating to the collection of past due real estate taxes, personal property taxes, and Board of Tax Appeal cases. It also initiates foreclosure proceedings against delinquent taxpayers.
Currently, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Melissa L. Wood is responsible for the General Unit, and Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Heath H. Hegemann is responsible for the Tax Unit.
Melissa L. Wood
Shelby County Assistant Prosecutor
Melissa L. Wood is an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in the Civil Division. Her duties include advising all county agencies, boards, and departments and all county elected officials, including the County Commissioners, Clerk of Courts, Auditor, Coroner, Engineer, Recorder, Sheriff, Treasurer, and the Boards of Township Trustees.
She was admitted to the practice of law in Ohio in 2012. She earned her law degree from The Ohio State University, where she represented the university as a member of its National Moot Court Team. Melissa earned a B.A. from the College of Wooster, graduating magna cum laude, and is s a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society.
Melissa is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and the Shelby County Bar Association. She enjoys volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County and coaching the Mock Trial Team at Sidney High School. Melissa resides in Sidney, Ohio with her husband and growing family.