Cauthorn recognized for service

Called one of the unsung heroes for her work behind the scenes

The county prosecutor’s office recognized Alison Cauthorn’s 31 years of state service, her first two as a state public defender in Columbus and the remaining 29 in the Washington County Prosecutor’s office as an assistant prosecutor.

“I started at the prosecutor’s office on June 4, 1990,” said Cauthorn before the cake was cut for the more than 50 law enforcement and county employees in attendance Wednesday. “The civil stuff has gotten a lot more complicated in that time.”

Cauthorn was called one of the unsung heroes by those in attendance, lauding her work behind the scenes on search warrants, investigative subpoenas and work with township trustees.

Retired County Prosecutor Mike Sparr was at the luncheon, remembering why he hired Cauthorn in the first place.

“It was her confidence and willingness to work that drew me to her,” he said. “She’s irreplaceable–she’s dedicated to the office, and she’s a special person.”

Cauthorn, 54, was told by others like Sheriff Larry Mincks that she’ll have to wait until she’s 80 to retire.

Notable cases she’s worked on include the Robert Anderson case of child pornography and prostitution, Dan Keck with similar computer crimes, Dennis Rydbom’s murder case and more recently the Kyle Palmer case.