BY KIRSTEN BARNHART
DHI Media Staff Writer
VAN WERT – Eva Yarger hopes to do the best job she possibly can as Van Wert County’s new prosecutor.
was elected the new county prosecutor during the Nov. 8, 2016,
election, but with nearly 20 years as assistant county prosecutor,
Yarger has all the experience she needs and she is more than ready for
“I wanted to be the one in charge, to have it all go
according to my vision,” said Yarger. “I’d like to see everything be
modernized and get more into computers and make things paperless.”
has many plans for her new role but most importantly she wants
community members to know that she has their best interests in mind.
think I can do a good job for the agencies and citizens in Van Wert
County,” said Yarger. “I’m looking at what is in the best interests of
the victims and of the county.”
Born in Van Wert, Yarger graduated
from Elida High School and moved to Ohio State University where she
received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, with minors in
English and economics. She earned her law degree from Arizona State in
1989 and then moved back to Van Wert after receiving her first position
Now an attorney with over 25 years experience, Yarger is
partnered with Robert C. Young in the firm of Young and Yarger. She has
much experience in court cases and with Van Wert.
Yarger stated that typically the court cases she sees a lot in Van Wert County are drug-related cases.
see drug cases and all the cases involved in that – people stealing
things to support their drug [habit],” said Yarger “There is currently a
death penalty case pending that is going to take up a big part of my
The county prosecutor represents all of the county agencies
and is also the prosecuting attorney for all the felony-criminal cases.
The prosecutor’s job is to be the voice of the victims and prosecute
felony crimes to insure justice.
Yarger was elected into the
four-year term in the November 2016 election after running unopposed in
that election. She defeated Prosecutor Charles Kennedy III in the
primary election in March 2016 who fired her after nearly 20 years as
assistant prosecutor during that election.