POMEROY — Investigators Michael Oliver and Alicia Smith recently joined the staff of the Meigs County Prosecutor’s Office.
Oliver is working with Meigs County Children Services and Job and Family Services to investigate child abuse and child sexual assault case and fraud cases, as well as providing security for the building and its staff.
Smith is working as an investigator at the prosecutor’s office, preparing cases for grand jury with additional investigative work, investigating complaints which are brought to the prosecutor’s office and providing security in the office.
Both bring law enforcement experience working with local police departments, where they plan to continue working in at least a part-time role which being employed by the prosecutor’s office.
Olivier began his career with the Middleport Police Department, spending time as part of the Gallia-Meigs Drug Task Force.
Oliver explained that as he previously spent time working on narcotics investigations, he was interested in expanding his career to handle other types of investigations. That is where his new positions came in.
Spending the past approximately four years with the Pomeroy Police Department, Smith said that she had experience with both road traffic and investigations, really enjoying the investigative aspects of the job.
Prosecutor James K. Stanley explained that he was approached earlier in the year by Department of Job and Family Services Director Chris Shank with the idea of the prosecutor’s office hiring an investigator to be placed at the agency.
With the cases from the agency ultimately ending up at the prosecutor’s office, Stanley said he felt it was a “great idea” to place an investigator with the agency.
Smith’s position was originally launched in January with Mark Griffin in the role. When Griffin left to become the criminal justice instructor at Meigs High School, the position once again came open.
Stanley praised the work of Oliver and Smith as they have begun their new positions.