Fairfield County Prosecutor Gregg Marx plans to establish a satellite office in Violet Township to provide local services to crime victims and witnesses, government officials and law enforcement agencies in the northern portion of his jurisdiction.

Fairfield County Prosecutor Gregg Marx plans to establish a satellite office in Violet Township to provide local services to crime victims and witnesses, government officials and law enforcement agencies in the northern portion of his jurisdiction.

After receiving approvals from the Violet Township trustees in July, the Fairfield County Prosecutor's Office expects to open the satellite office in a currently unused storage facility at the township's Administrative Hall, 12970 Rustic Drive.

According to Marx, the northern office is being created to provide better service to those in the area, who otherwise would have to travel to Lancaster to discuss cases or other business with the prosecutor's office.

"What we'd like to do is reach out to residents in Pickerington and Violet Township and make it a little more convenient for them to see people from our office," Marx said.

"Our plan is to hold hours two times a month, but that's subject to change based on need."

Marx said he expects to open the satellite office before the end of August.

He would operate it at no additional cost to the township, he said.

In addition to meeting with crime victims and witnesses, the prosecutor said the northern office also would provide opportunities for Pickerington police, Violet Township firefighters and officials from Pickerington and Violet Township to meet with his employees on an as-needed basis to discuss court cases and community issues.

"In terms of a satellite office, this would be the first time (the county prosecutor's office) has done something like this that I'm aware of," Marx said.

"It's been my experience that if something is closer and more convenient, ordinary citizens and others might be more willing to come in and talk to us."

The Violet Township trustees approved the use of township facilities for the satellite office July 5.

Trustee Terry Dunlap said he supported an on-site presence by the prosecutor's office and would hope to facilitate the office's work to prosecute those who commit crimes locally, as well as manage civil caseloads.

"I would be in favor of that," Dunlap said.

Dunlap added the prosecutor's office could use the local space "any day that we're open."