The City of Athens currently employs three city prosecutors.
Tracy Meek graduated from Ohio University in 2003 and from Capital University Law School in 2006. Ms. Meek was admitted to the practice of law in November, 2007. She served as an intern for the city prosecutor’s office during law school and was hired as a full-time prosecutor in January 2007.
Jessica L. Branner
Jessica Branner has joined the Office of the Law Director as an Athens City Prosecutor. Jessica is a graduate of Federal Hocking High School, Ohio University and Capital University Law School. Jessica was an associate with the law firm of Bricker & Eckler LLP from 2013 to 2016. She is a member of the Athens Sunrise Rotary.
Matthew M. Ward, City Prosecutor
Matthew Ward was born and raised in Athens, Ohio. He is a proud graduate of both Athens High School and Ohio University. In 2003, Matt received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law and was admitted to the practice of law in Missouri. In 2012, Mr. Ward was awarded the David J. Dixon Appellate Advocacy Award by the Missouri Bar Foundation at its annual awards ceremony in recognition of his outstanding achievement in appellate advocacy. Since his return to Athens in 2012, he has worked in private practice, the Athens County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, and, since September, 2014, the City of Athens Law Department.