By Kristin Bednarski
Clermont County has a new prosecutor for the first time in more than 20 years.
Vince Faris was sworn in to office by Judge Richard Ferenc at Clermont County Court of Common Pleas Jan. 3 in front of a room full of family members, friends and colleagues.
“It is indeed an honor for me to swear in Mr. Faris as your next county prosecutor,” Judge Ferenc said. “It’s such a treat for me because he has been a friend for 35 years.”
Judge Ferenc said Faris’ professionalism and duty to his profession are above the line as an individual.
“This county is fortunate to have him as full-time prosecutor,” Judge Ferenc said.
After Faris recited the oath of office, he took time to speak with those who attended the ceremony.
“I appreciate everyone being here,” Faris said after he was sworn in.
Faris thanked many individuals in the crowd for helping him during his campaign, including his family members.
He said he is excited to begin his term Jan. 7, and is looking forward to working with the many great attorneys who will be a part of his team.
“It’s going to be exciting, and I am looking forward to it,” Faris said.
Prior to being elected, Faris spent time as assistant Clermont County Prosecutor in the 1980s and ran his own private practice, Faris and Faris, along with his wife Corinne, sons Matthew and Zachary, and daughter-in-law Jessica.
He said he is excited to return to the office and run it as prosecutor.
Faris defeated former Prosecutor Donald White, who has been in the office since he was first elected in 1988, during the March primary election. He ran unopposed in the general election and was elected as prosecutor Nov. 6.
Faris said he has spent time the past few months selecting his staff at the office, which includes both returning and new attorneys.
He said he had around 50 applications for attorney positions, including existing staff from White’s office.
“I am keeping 10 attorneys and bringing in nine new ones,” Faris said.
Faris said he has terminated his private practice and will spend all of his time working for the county as prosecutor.
“All of my assistants will be full-time prosecutors,” Faris said. “None will have private practices.”
Faris said he expects that there will be some transitional challenges going into office.
“I’m sure we’ll mess up at times, but we will do the best we can,” Faris said.
Faris said he has recently spent time visiting surrounding counties to see how they run their prosecutor’s office.
“We may want to adopt and do some of that,” Faris said about making changes.
Faris said they won’t be making any large changes right away, but he has some ideas for things that can be done differently in the county, including handling the jury and jury procedures.
“Before we rush in, we will spend the first few months getting things settled,” Faris said.