Joseph T. "Joe" Deters is an American politician of the Republican party who currently serves as Prosecuting Attorney for Hamilton County, Ohio. He is a 1975 graduate of St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati.
Deters began his career in public service in 1982 as an Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor. He was elected to the position of Hamilton County Clerk of Courts in 1988. In 1992, Joe returned to the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s office when he was elected Prosecutor. He was subsequently reelected in 1996.
In 1999, Deters was sworn in as Ohio’s 44th Treasurer of State. As Treasurer, he was responsible for collecting, managing and investing over $11 billion in assets for the State of Ohio. In the fall of 2004, Deters became a write-in candidate for his former position, Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney. He was elected Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney on November 2, 2004 with nearly 60% of the vote. On April 1, 2005, Deters and Matthias Heck filed a federal lawsuit, Citizens for Tax Reform v. Deters.