Bowling Green resident and municipal prosecutor Matthew Reger has announced his candidacy for Wood County Court of Common Pleas.
Reger began his career at the Wood County Court of Common Pleas working as a judicial attorney for Judge Charles F. Kurfess. He has 23 years of experience as an attorney with almost 20 years serving in the Bowling Green Municipal Prosecutor’s Office.
As municipal prosecutor Reger is responsible for not only the prosecution of offenses in Bowling Green but also 16 of the 19 townships in Wood County.
Beyond serving as municipal prosecutor Reger also serves as prosecutor for the villages of Custar, Hoytville, Jerry City, North Baltimore, Pemberville, Tontogany, and Weston. He serves as solicitor for Custar, Jerry City, Tontogany and Weston.
Reger is the founder of Community Christian Legal Services, Inc. a non-profit that provides access to legal services for those in need. He has overseen the day-to-day operations of this program since its inception in 2010 and during that time over 500 people have been served. Because of this work, in part, he was awarded the 2015 Public Interest Law Award from Legal Advocates of Western Ohio.
From 2006 to 2007 Reger served as a Criminal Law Legal Specialists in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia through the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative. With his wife, Heidi, and then 6 month-old daughter, Elizabeth, he moved overseas for a year and worked with parliamentary members, attorneys and judges in this developing democracy to help bring understanding of and technical training in the adversarial trial system.
Reger graduated from Michigan State University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science and in 1993 from the University of Toledo College of Law. He is licensed to practice in both Michigan and Ohio and has experience in criminal law, domestic relations and civil litigation.
Reger has been married to Heidi for 15 years and they have two children, Elizabeth, 9 and Noah, 6.
Reger has served as President, Vice-President and Secretary/Treasurer of the Wood County Bar Association, is currently the chair of the Black Swamp Arts Festival Youth Arts Committee, is a member of Bowling Green Kiwanis, Board member and past president of Woodlane Industries, and board member of the Wood County Airport Authority.
In 2005 Reger was awarded the Ohio State Bar Foundation Statewide Award for Community Service for lawyers 40 and under and was named Bowling Green Male Citizen of the Year in 2006 by the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce.