The chief counsel for prosecution for Cincinnati from 2015-19 is now the Delaware city prosecutor.

Natalia Harris, who started her new job last month, will handle prosecution of misdemeanor cases in the countywide Delaware Municipal Court.

In Cincinnati, she supervised 15 attorneys and seven paralegals in all phases of misdemeanor criminal and traffic cases.

"Natalia's extensive bench-trial and supervisory experience made her ideal for the chief prosecutor position," Delaware city attorney Darren Shulman said in a press release.

"I'm excited about the opportunity and appreciate the opportunity," Harris said.

She said she grew up in the Columbus area, so the Delaware post brings her closer to immediate family members.

She also was with the Columbus city attorney's office from 2005-14.

In Cincinnati, she said, her staff worked in 14 different courtrooms before 14 different judges.

She also has worked as a special prosecutor in other jurisdictions -- for example, when local prosecutors recused themselves from cases to avoid a potential conflicts of interest.

One Cincinnati case that drew national attention was when a man was cited for jaywalking and video of his encounter with the police officer went viral, Harris said. The man was convicted of both jaywalking and obstruction of official business, she said.

With the Columbus city attorney's office, Harris prosecuted misdemeanor cases as an assistant city prosecutor, served as a legal adviser for the police department and provided general counsel to City Council.

Harris also participated in then-city attorney Richard C. Pfeiffer Jr.'s initiative to use attorneys on his staff as liaisons with the community. Harris handled one of five zones in the city in the effort to improve quality of life by focusing on issues identified by neighborhood residents, she said.

Those issues might include crime, prostitution or abandoned houses, she said. Several times, the office shut down nuisance activity by working to have a bar's liquor license revoked, she said.

She also spent four years in the Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office.

The Delaware city prosecutor's office has four attorneys, including Harris, plus two paralegals and an investigator-diversion office. It handles about 20,000 cases a year.

She said she expects to be in the courtroom more than when she was in Cincinnati.

Her goal, she said, is "administering justice in a way that is fair to everyone and protects the citizens of the city and county."

If the city manager, city attorney or council have incentives for the city prosecutor to pursue, "I see it as my role to figure how how to best achieve what they envision," she said.

"Everyone has been extremely helpful and cooperative and welcoming," she said. "Everyone has alluded to the different perspective between Cincinnati and Delaware. They say, 'Whatever you need, let me know.' The judges, the bailiffs, the sheriff, the deputies and police, the captains -- literally everyone I have met."

Harris graduated from Central State University and the University of Dayton School of Law.

She will earn a salary of $99,000, city leaders said.

Harris succeeds Melissa Schiffel, who in April was named Delaware County prosecutor.

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