Criminal Division

Victor R. Perez, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

Mr. Perez was born and raised in Puerto Rico. Upon graduation from high school, Mr. Perez enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and attended boot camp aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Paris Island, South Carolina in 1988. Mr. Perez graduated from the School of Infantry in Camp Pendleton, California and was deployed with the Fleet Marine Forces. In August 1990, Mr. Perez was deployed to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in support of Desert Shield and participated in combat operations during Operation Desert Shield in 1991. Mr. Perez was in the Battle of Khafji and was part of the Task Force Taro during the liberation of Kuwait. Mr. Perez was honorably discharged from active duty in 1993.

Mr. Perez graduated from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in English and Political Science in 1995. Mr. Perez received his Juris Doctor from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1999. Mr. Perez is licensed to practice law in Ohio, New Jersey, the District of Columbia, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Perez started his legal career as an Assistant Director of Law for the City of Cleveland in the Department for Consumer Affairs in 2002. In 2003, Mr. Perez became an Assistant Prosecutor for the City of Cleveland where he prosecuted thousands of misdemeanor cases. In 2006, Mr. Perez was appointed as the Chief Prosecutor for the City of Cleveland and served in that capacity until 2015, becoming the longest serving City Prosecutor. In his capacity as Chief Prosecutor, Mr. Perez oversaw the daily operations of the Prosecutor’s Office as well as prosecuting cases. In 2015, Mr. Perez joined the Lorain County Prosecutor’s Office where he prosecuted felony level offenses. Mr. Perez joined the Ashland County Prosecutor’s Office in December 2016.

Mr. Perez is a member of the National Rifle Association and a life member of the Disabled American Veterans.

Amy R. Inzina, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

Amy graduated from Ashland University in 2009 where she majored in Criminal Justice and History. Upon graduation, Amy served two terms of AmeriCorps through City Year Cleveland and Michigan Campus Compact. Amy then earned her law degree from the University of Akron School of Law in 2014. She was subsequently admitted to the Bar in the State of Ohio in 2015.  Prior to joining the Ashland County Prosecutor’s Office,  Amy was a Morrow County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney.

Douglas A. Smetzer, Chief Investigator

Doug has more than 28 years of experience in the prosecutor's office. His current duties include reviewing police investigations on felony crimes when they are presented to the office from a variety of law enforcement agencies and working with the staff's attorneys to prepare cases for Grand Jury and trials. Doug also serves as an office manager, where he assists the prosecutor in the office's day-to-day operations and oversees the office's budget and payroll. As Ashland County Native, Doug has a bachelor's degree from the Ohio State University. Prior to joining the prosecutor's office, Doug was a courthouse reporter and city editor for the Ashland Times-Gazette. He previously served as president of the Ohio Prosecuting Attorney's Investigators' Association. In 1993, Doug was named the state's Outstanding Staff Person by the Ohio Prosecuting Attorney's Association. Doug and his wife have three grown children.