DAYTON – Montgomery County’s next Clerk of Courts took the oath of office on Monday in front of a packed courtroom in the Dayton Municipal Court. Local elected officials, judges, area attorneys, court employees, and citizens gathered to witness the event.
Russ Joseph was sworn in by Judge Mary Wiseman of the Court of Common Pleas. He was joined at the ceremony by his wife Katie and their son. Joseph brings over 10 years of experience as Chief Deputy Clerk of the Dayton Municipal Court to the position.
Joseph received the appointment last Thursday, replacing Greg Brush who recently retired. Joseph will now serve through 2018. He plans to run for election in 2018 to serve out the remaining 2 years of the term.
In his remarks after the ceremony, Joseph pledged to work hard and operate the most effective and efficient office possible. “As long as I am your Clerk of Court,” Joseph said, “customer service will always be our priority.”
He also thanked former Clerk of Court Greg Brush for his leadership. Joseph said Brush was known around the state as an innovator, becoming one of the first courts in Ohio to implement e‐filing.
Joseph started with the Dayton Municipal Clerk of Court in 2004 as the Administrative Assistant; he was promoted to Chief Deputy Clerk in 2007. As Chief Deputy Clerk, Joseph oversaw the office’s $3.6 million annual budget and 45 employees.
In 2008 Joseph was named the Deputy Clerk of the Year by the Ohio Association of Municipal & County Court Clerks,
Active in the community, Russ and his wife Katie are University of Dayton graduates and 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).
The Josephs live in Dayton’s Oregon Historic District.