Chip McConville (Bio)
Chip McConville took office as Knox County's 47th Prosecuting Attorney on July 22, 2014. He was appointed to succeed John Thatcher, who became judge of the Mount Vernon Municipal Court.
From January of 2013 to July of 2014, McConville served as Law Director for the City of Mount Vernon, representing the city in civil litigation, advising city officials on legal issues, and drafting legislation for city council. As Law Director, he also served as chief prosecutor for the Mount Vernon Municipal Court, which has countywide jurisdiction for misdemeanor offenses. During his tenure, he successfully defended the City against a federal civil rights suit, won a labor arbitration concerning the termination of a police officer, and drafted Mount Vernon's comprehensive Property Maintenance Ordinance. Having been appointed to the Law Director's position in January, 2013, he was elected to the job in November 2013, without opposition.
For five years prior to becoming City Law Director, Chip McConville served as an Assistant Knox County Prosecutor. During that tenure, he acquired a wide variety of experience prosecuting felonies and juvenile offenses, providing advice to county and township officials and representing local entities in two federal lawsuits. McConville worked as the principal attorney for the Knox County Commissioners and handled the office's appellate caseload, including jurisdictional briefings to the Ohio Supreme Court. In 2012, McConville was the lead prosecutor in the case of Richard Posey, a drug dealer who forced addicted women into prostitution. Posey was eventually convicted under the state RICO statute and was the first conviction under Ohio's human trafficking law.
Chip McConville graduated summa cum laude from Capital University Law School, where he served as an associate editor of the Law Review and was a member of the National Moot Court Team. During law school, he served as a law clerk for the United States Attorney's Office in Columbus, as a judicial extern for the Hon. Michael H. Watson, United States District Court Judge, and as a law clerk for the Ohio Attorney General's Environmental Enforcement Division. He has a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Illinois.
Prior to attending law school, McConville worked in government relations at the Ohio Statehouse. He was a member of the government affairs staff of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce from 1995 to 2004, and from 1989 to 1994 he was a staff member for the Republican Caucus in the Ohio House of Representatives. McConville also served as a research assistant for Sir Roger Gale, a British Member of Parliament.
A native of Centerville, Ohio, McConville has been a resident of Mount Vernon since 2006.