Russ Joseph

Montgomery County Clerk of Courts


Russ was sworn in as Clerk of Court on Monday, November 20, 2017. He was appointed Clerk by the Montgomery County Democratic Party Central Committee after the seat was left vacant by Greg Brush’s retirement. He will run for election to fill the remaining 2 years of the current term of office in 2018.

Russ previously served with the Dayton Municipal Clerk of Court from 2004 to 2017, first as the Administrative Assistant for three years and then as Chief Deputy Clerk for 10 years. As Chief Deputy Clerk, he oversaw the office’s $3.6 million annual budget and 45 employees. This included the Clerk’s four divisions as well as administrative staff including the Chief Information Officer, Accountant and Director of Operations.

In 2008 Russ was named the Deputy Clerk of the Year by the Ohio Association of Municipal & County Court Clerks. Russ currently serves as a Trustee for the Southwestern Ohio Municipal Court Clerks Association where he’s been a member since 2004. He’s also a member of the National Association for Court Management and the Ohio Association of Municipal & County Court Clerks.

Russ was a double major at the University of Dayton where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology & Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a concentration in Environmental Science. He is also a Certified Court Manager, having completed a multi-year program through the National Center for State Courts Institute for Court Management and the Judicial College of the Ohio Supreme Court.

Active in the community, Russ and his wife Katie are Associate Board Members of the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery (2015-Present). Russ served on the Landmarks Commission for the City of Dayton (2009-2017), he was Board President and Member of the Board of Directors for the House of Bread (2005-2014) and Trustee of the Oregon Historic District Society (2012-2013). 

Russ has volunteered on various candidate and issue campaigns in Montgomery County. He’s proud to have chaired or managed the campaigns of Mayor Nan Whaley, County Auditor Karl Keith, City Commissioner Matt Joseph (his brother), and others. In 2016 at the urging of Mayor Whaley, Russ chaired the Issue 9 campaign. The initiative, endorsed by both the Chamber of Commerce and labor groups including the Miami Valley AFL-CIO, was overwhelmingly approved by voters. As a result, residents are now receiving better city services and Dayton is the first city in Ohio to provide access to high quality, affordable preschool for all 4-year olds.

His years of service earned Russ a trifecta of awards from the Montgomery County Democratic Party. He was named Young Democrat of the Year in 2004, Volunteer of the Year in 2009 and Democrat of the Year in 2016. He continues to believe that citizens are best served when they are engaged in their communities and working together to move our region forward.

Russ is a resident of Dayton’s Oregon Historic District, where along with his wife Katie, son Eli and their puppy Rudy — they take advantage of all the great things happening downtown.