Law Director

Major Responsibilities
Legal assistance to City officials; represent the City in litigation; review contracts and legislation; prosecute misdemeanors.

The Law Director – David TarbertDavid Tarbert

David was born and raised in Zanesville, graduated from Zanesville High School with honors, Muskingum College, summa cum laude, and The Ohio State University College of Law. David also spent a semester at Oxford University in England studying comparative legal professions and ethics.

David has worked in Downtown Zanesville for the past 20 years as a partner at Kincaid, Taylor and Geyer. His practice has been substantially comprised of litigation, business matters and estate planning with a significant emphasis on representation of municipalities and governmental entities. He is a member of the Muskingum County, Ohio State and American Bar Associations. He is licensed to practice in all state courts as well as all Federal Courts in Ohio.

David served as the Fifth Ward Councilman for the City of Zanesville from 1997-2015. In that capacity, David attended and actively participated in over 500 City Council meetings and committee meetings. He’s negotiated and drafted Joint Economic Development District agreements, Tax Increment Financing contracts, and has worked closely with the Transportation Improvement District and the Zanesville-Muskingum County Port Authority.

In 2016, David was elected to serve as Zanesville’s Law Director. Under the Ohio Revised Code, the Law Director is the civil attorney for all City Departments, City Administration, City Council, City Boards, and the Zanesville City School District. The Law Director attends all council and board meetings, as well as special meetings when requested. In addition to the City’s civil work, the Law Director’s office is also responsible for prosecuting all misdemeanor offenses in Zanesville Municipal Court.

Along with David, his staff includes:

Emily Strang Tarbert – Assistant Law Director – emily.tarbert@coz.org – 740-617-4889

Scott Eickelberger – Assistant Law Director – scott.eickelberger@coz.org – 740-617-4886

Allison Buck – Paralegal – allison.buck@coz.org – 740-617-4886

Lisa Davis – Victim/Witness Coordinator – lisa.davis@coz.org – 740-617-4889


Contact Information

David Tarbert, City Law Director

401 Market Street
City Hall – Second Floor
Zanesville, OH 43701

Email: david.tarbert@coz.org

Phone: 740-617-4886
Business Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (closed holidays)
Email: Online Form

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