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Montgomery County Clerk of Courts

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    Mike Foley

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    Russ Joseph

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What are the most important duties of a Clerk of Courts?

How has technology changed the clerk’s document system and how should it?

How is the clerk’s office running now and what could be improved?

What makes you the best candidate for this position?

What are the key issues facing county clerks now and in the future?

Experience - Business Owner: 1999- current - Ohio Deputy Registrar: 1999-2011 - First Watch Restaurants: Area Developer 1994-1999 - Investment Adviser 1992-1994
Education - Ohio State University (BS in Hospitality Mgmt/ Finance): 1987-1992 - US Army/ Ohio National Guard (Medical Specialist): 1985-1993 - Hamilton Badin High School 1982-1986
The most important duty of the Clerk of Courts is undoubtedly to run the Clerk's office with integrity and efficiency for the residents of Montgomery County. The Clerk has many duties, a few include: maintaining the legal repository for County court records; keeping the Courts running smoothly for judges, attorneys, plaintiffs, and defendants; overseeing the 5 Auto Title Offices; issuing passports; and being a responsible manager of taxpayers' money. I feel that three main principle must ALWAYS exist for proper execution: proper leadership, keeping up with technology, and making customer service a top priority!
Technology in the Clerk's Office has improved the document system in many ways, but none more notably than convenience, efficiency, and the reduction of human error. Technology is a necessity for the future, but proper leadership and maintenance needs to be on the forefront of this evolution for optimal success and effectiveness. Time is money; and, technology offers countless opportunities to maximize efficiency- thus saving taxpayers money.
The Clerk's Office has certainly made strides over the years, but there's much room for improvement. CUSTOMER SERVICE AND EFFICIENCY should always be the focal point of the Office! Cross-training employees has always been an invaluable concept in every business that I've been a part of, so I'd like to see it more prevalent in the Clerk's Office as well. I'd personally like to see nepotism and Party patronage as a thing of the past- instead fill positions with qualified candidates that have a positive attitude, a good work ethic, and a willingness to effectively serve the public with a smile:)
The Clerk of Courts is an administrative position that requires strong leadership , with a hands-on approach and attention to detail. I believe that my experience in both government and small business operations dramatically sets me apart from my opponent- he has only worked in government, which I feel limits his perspective and effectiveness to this vital role of serving the County. I have effectively overseen many people in a variety of industries over the past 25 years, proving that leadership experience is paramount! I am confident that my military experience, community involvement, and business savvy will bring new ideas and a fresh perspective to the Clerk's Office. I pledge to be a better steward of taxpayers' money, maximize efficiency, and better enhance the customer experience for Montgomery County residents!
To me, the key issues facing the Clerk's Office now and in the future are: keeping up with technology and consistently striving to exceed customer's expectations. Technology is constantly evolving, and it seems as if the need for instant gratification is only getting worse! These are two concepts that we need to embrace in the public sector- just like we do in the private sector. Giving excellent customer service and obtaining customer feedback are both crucial to the success of any operation. I intend on bringing my experience and ideals as a business owner to the Clerk's Office, thus making the Office better for all!
Experience Clerk since 2017 10 years as Chief Deputy Clerk Dayton Municipal Court
Education 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. He is a Certified Court Manager, having completed a program through the National Center for State Courts.
One of the most important duties of the Clerk is ensuring that every case filed in our courts is handled with the care and consideration that we would give our own case. The clerk is responsible for securely collecting documents and moneys owed to the court. People generally do not look forward to visiting us in the courthouse but it is our job to ensure that their case is handled carefully and efficiently. The clerk does all this while also maintaining five Auto Title locations throughout the county. I appreciate the care my staff takes to ensure that we offer the highest level of customer service.
The Montgomery County Clerk of Courts is known around the state as a leader in adopting new technology to improve the experience between the courts and their community. Making tickets and citations payable online while maintaining an informative website keep the courts accessible for everyone. Our office was the first in the state to adopt a fully integrated electronic filing of court documents and has been used as a model by Franklin, Stark, and Mahoning counties. Electronic filing has made our office more efficient, allowing everyone quicker and easier access to legal information. Over the next year my office will expand electronic filing to the Domestic Relations Court and adopt new technology like our online chat-bot to assist customers even when our office isn’t open. We will continue to look for innovative ways to help connect citizens to the justice system.
The Montgomery County Clerk of Courts runs efficiently and effectively. Our Auto Title Division is operating so efficiently that we have saved the county $1million a year. Our office will continue to make customer service and accessibility a priority.
My experience and commitment to the community make me the best candidate for Clerk of Courts. Prior to being appointed clerk in 2017, I spent over a decade as Chief Deputy Clerk of the Dayton Municipal Court where I gained invaluable experience in court administration and budget development. During that time I became a Certified Court Manger through the Ohio Supreme Court and the National Center for State Courts. I was also named the Ohio Deputy Clerk of the Year. As a lifelong Daytonian, I am committed to serving our community. I am a past President of the Board of Directors for the House of Bread, Dayton’s community kitchen. My wife Katie and I currently serve on the Associate Board for the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery where we help raise funds to support the museum’s mission to inspire future generations.
One of the most important issues facing County Clerks is adopting the latest technologies. I will strive to make sure Montgomery County continues to lead Ohio in adopting new technology and finding efficiencies. I will build partnerships with other elected officials around the state to ensure the law stays up to do date with the latest advances.