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Montgomery County Treasurer

Responsibilities: To collect taxes in the county and its subdivisions, disburse expenditures, and invest the county's funds. Term of office: 4 years.

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    Russ Joseph
    (Dem)

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    John McManus
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

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Education/Experience Graduate of Carroll High School & the University of Dayton. Montgomery County Treasurer (2019-Pres), Clerk of Courts (17-18), Chief Deputy Clerk, Dayton Municipal Court (07-17), Associate Board Dayton Art Institute,Past Board President House of Bread
Twitter @RussJosephDYT
My primary role as Treasurer is to collect property tax dollars that fund critical services including our local schools, emergency services, and libraries. In my first year in office, I led Montgomery County to our most successful tax collection in 20 years. As chief investment officer for the county, I oversee a $580 million portfolio that just had its best rate of return in a decade, with earnings up 37% in 2019. I will continue working hard to improve customer service and I'm proud of the work we have done to collect every possible tax dollar for the critical services our community needs.
I began my career in public service in the Treasurer’s office not long after graduating from the University of Dayton. Since then, I have gained nearly twenty years of leadership experience learning what it takes to run an efficient, effective, and successful government office. In just over a year as Treasurer, we have already delivered great results for the community. When the Memorial Day tornadoes struck, I worked to provide financial relief in the form of a one-time delay in taxes for those hardest hit. When I witnessed long lines during my first tax collection, I implemented a “Fast Pay” line. And when taxpayers were discouraged by our antiquated website, we set to work on a new user-friendly payment site that will provide new features like digital bill presentment and pay by text, with lower fees for taxpayers. I am proud of my work as Treasurer and promise to continue our focus on community, fiscal responsibility, and customer service.
Campaign Phone (937) 260-1740
Education/Experience (1) Chief Deputy Clerk of Courts, Montgomery Co.; (2) Deputy Clerk of Court, Franklin County; (3) Member, Dayton Board of Education; (4) Legislative Liaison and Regulatory Specialist, State of Tennessee; (5) Staff Assistant, The White House. / BA, JD
The Montgomery County Treasurer's Office is responsible for serving as the county's chief tax collector, banker, and investment officer. Gathering the resources necessary for government to operate is a critical role of the office. It is equally important that the Treasurer effectively pursue delinquent taxes across Montgomery County. Upon collection of tax revenue, it is vital that the Treasurer ensures that tax revenues are protected and fully accounted for while in the county's treasury. Finally, the Treasurer is responsible for investing public funds on behalf of county residents.
I currently serve the people of Montgomery County as Chief Deputy Clerk of Courts, overseeing the Criminal, Civil, Domestic Relations, Finance, Records, and Appellate Departments for the Montgomery County Clerk of Courts. From 2016 to 2020, I had the true honor of serving the people of Dayton, Trotwood, Riverside, Harrison Township and Jefferson Township as a member of the Dayton Board of Education. During my time on the Board, I served as Board Vice President and Finance Chairman, overseeing an annual operating budget of nearly half a billion dollars. I fought hard for taxpayers, speaking out against irresponsible and excessive spending . I worked with the District's Treasurer to increase our bond rating and grow our strategic reserve fund to tens of millions of dollars. I also successfully fought against a property tax increase proposal.