PRESS RELEASE, 8/6/2014

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces the retirement of First Chief Assistant Prosecutor William E. Breyer

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the retirement of First Chief Assistant Prosecutor William E. Breyer effective July 31, 2014.  Breyer had been with the Prosecutor’s Office for nearly 40 years when he retired.

Breyer started in the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office in 1974 when he was hired to work in the Appellate Division.  Within a few years, he became the Assistant Chief of that division under Leonard Kirschner and was promoted to Chief Assistant of that Division in 1991.  He held that position for 10 years.

In 2005, Breyer was promoted to First Chief Assistant in the Criminal Division.  He served in that position until his retirement.

Breyer was well known across the state and country for his knowledge of criminal law and, in particular, appellate issues.  It was not uncommon for Breyer to consult with colleagues from across the country on difficult cases.

Breyer also served as a special prosecutor in the 1993 Lucasville Riot case, for which he received a Special Recognition award in 1995, and as a special prosecutor in Butler and Clermont counties.

In addition to his Special Recognition award for his Lucasville work, he received many awards for his years of service and dedication to justice, including the Ohio Prosecutor of the Year award in 2009.

Prosecutor Deters commented, “It is impossible to thank Bill enough for his many years of dedicated service to law enforcement.  He was respected by everyone in the field - -prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges - - for his knowledge and expertise.  He will be greatly missed and impossible to replace.  He is also one of the kindest gentlemen I’ve ever known.  I respect him in every possible way.” 

 

Richard Gibson has been named as a First Chief Assistant in the Criminal Division to join Mark Piepmeier who has been serving in that role for 20 years.