Law Director, John Hatcher
The Law Director serves in two specific roles on behalf of Van Wert, Ohio. This official is both a legal advisor to the city and a prosecutor in Van Wert Municipal Court.
Legal Advisor to the City
The Law Director is required to attend all city council meetings, prepare all legislation for the city, represent it in any litigation, review and approve contracts, issue legal opinions upon the request of city officials.
Prosecutor in the Van Wert Municipal Court
The Van Wert Municipal Court has county-wide jurisdiction on all misdemeanor cases, e.g., driving under the influence of alcohol, domestic violence, assaults, and traffic cases. The Law Director prosecutes all pending cases, attends all arraignments, and interviews victims. He also acts as an adviser for law enforcement officers.