Meeting with Lindsey K. Donehue-Angler

Meet: Lindsey K. Donehue-Angler

Education: Newcomerstown Secondary School, 2000

College: Ohio University 2003, University of Dayton School of Law 2007

Current occupation: Guernsey County Prosecutor

Lindsey, why did you decide to become a lawyer?

“Tuscarawas County Probate/Juvenile Court Judge Linda Kate attended our freshman academic banquet at Newcomerstown High School, and she spoke about the importance of choosing a career that has helped your community. What she said resonated with me, and that’s when I started thinking about becoming a lawyer. After graduating from Newcomerstown High School in 2000, I attended Ohio University and Dayton School of Law.

What were some of your previous occupations?

“In high school, I was a lifeguard at Cy Young Pool. Then, during my university studies, I was a counselor in a camp for mentally and physically handicapped children. While in law school, I worked for the Volunteer Lawyers Project, a non-profit organization that connects indigent people with free lawyers to assist them in their lawsuits. Since 2008, I have been a lawyer. My areas of law have included workers compensation, civil litigation and criminal litigation. »

What is your current job and what do you like about it?

“As Guernsey County Prosecutor, I am the lawyer representing the county in all criminal and civil prosecutions for minors and crimes. I am often consulted by various county agencies to review their contracts and provide advice on legal matters.

“What I enjoy most about this position is helping to make our community a safer place to live, work and raise a family. Our office is developing a reputation for strong criminal prosecution, and criminal trial work is my favorite part of that job.”

What challenges have you encountered in this job?

“The State of Ohio constantly enacts laws that require certain things from local communities, but rarely, if ever, provides the additional funds to communities to successfully meet this requirement. We are lucky in Guernsey County that our senators and representatives care about the communities they represent, but the majority of the Ohio State Senate and House of Representatives have no idea what it’s like to live in the Rural Ohio. We don’t have an extensive tax base that brings in hundreds of millions of dollars in local tax revenue. In some parts of our county, we can’t even get internet or cell phone service. Nevertheless, the law government continues to financially overburden local authorities with responsibilities that should obviously fall to the state.

“The State of Ohio has clearly decided that community safety is not as important as the cost of incarcerating a person. In various cases, the State will charge a county the daily cost of l incarceration of a person in an Ohio prison, even if it is the responsibility of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, a division of the state government. This legislative decision n brought no additional source of revenue to the County, and the County of Guernsey cannot afford to foot the bill for every person committing a crime.

“It’s infuriating to many of us who work in the justice system that those who make these decisions at the state level don’t seem to care how these decisions make it impossible for a prosecutor, a judge, or even our local law enforcement officers, to protect a small community. The rightful place for some criminals is jail, not the streets where they are free to commit more crimes. The constant revolving door of defendants is one of the biggest challenges that I, and many prosecutors, face, and a large part of the reason we have this revolving door is due to decisions made by people who prioritize money to safety.

How do you advocate for your clients?

“As a prosecutor, my only client is the county of Guernsey. I can do this effectively by having a team of lawyers and staff committed to making Guernsey County safe. Ohio’s Rules of Professional Conduct require that as prosecutors we have the added responsibility of being “Ministers of Justice” and not just attorneys, and assistant prosecutors Jason Farley, who is also a native of Tuscarawas County, and Mark Perlaky, who resides in Tuscarawas County. , along with Assistant District Attorneys Jennifer Zaayer and Maggie Schlosser know how important it is to not just be an advocate for the community, but to do what’s right and fair.

Tell us a bit about your family and the hobbies you enjoy.

“My husband is a detective for the Cambridge Police Department and together we have three children. Like most parents, our hobbies revolve around children and their school events. We reside in the county of Guernsey.

What fond memories do you have of attending Newcomerstown High School?

“My favorite high school memories were being a cheerleader, being on a running track and playing softball. Sports teach young adults more than athletics. You learn responsibility and what it means to be a teammate. You also sometimes realize that you have to make personal sacrifices for the good of the team. I know I wouldn’t be in the position I am in now if I hadn’t learned those lessons.

What do you miss about the Newcomerstown community?

“Terry’s pizzeria. Without a doubt, what I miss the most is being able to eat Terry’s Pizza on a regular basis.

Do you have any advice for someone aspiring to become a lawyer?

“You should shadow a lawyer at work before you go to law school. A lot of people get the idea that they want to be a lawyer because a TV show or movie makes it fun, but TV shows are rarely accurate. If you decide to become a lawyer, Southeastern Ohio is a great place to practice law. There are plenty of older lawyers who are happy to help out and act as mentors, and there are plenty of clients who need help.

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