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Elected Officials

(The people who ask for our votes every two, four, or six years)

County governments are the Junior Varsity squad in local government. 

As an agent of the state, the county government serves the entire county in these ways: (1) through elected officials, it administers and enforces state laws, collects taxes, assesses property, records public documents, conducts elections, issues licenses; (2) through appointed boards and officials, it provides parks, libraries, sewers, emergency management, public assistance, and hospitals. As required by state law, county government also serves unincorporated areas by providing such purely local government facilities and services as highways, police protection, building inspection, planning and zoning. Elected county officials oversee most of these services.

Coming Soon in 2021-  Elected Official Report Cards for 2020!

Montgomery County Board of Commission

In a county commission form of government, a body of elected commissioners serves both the executive and the legislative duties, meaning they enact local ordinances and administer them. Three county commissioners (the Board of Commissioners): Control budget; approve zoning; approve annexations to cities and villages; set overall policy; oversee departments under their control

The Board of County Commissioners is the combined executive and legislative branch of county government but as their control over the independently elected officials is limited, there is effectively no real executive. Though the commissioners receive a full-time salary, most commissioners have full-time occupations on the side and so many boards hire a county administrator to oversee the county's day-to-day affairs. The board also employs a clerk to record its proceedings if it is deemed necessary to have a full-time clerk, otherwise the Auditor is ex officio the clerk. One of the members of the board is named president of the board.

The board of commissioners often create numerous subordinate departments to handle specific services. These vary from county to county; among the most common are departments for building and zoning, health, economic development, water and sewer service, and emergency management.

Any citizen of Ohio and the United States who is 18 years of age or older and lives in the county may run for commissioner.

The Board of Commission appoints two full time positions: County Administrator & Clerk of Commission.

This person runs the day to day of the county!

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Montgomery County Administrator

Michael B. Colbert


Emily Bradford

Clerk of Commission

The Commission has control over:

  • Risk and Emergency Management;

  • Central Services & Purchasing;

  • Facilities Management;

  • Animal Resource Center;

  • Job & Family Services; and

  • Stillwater Center.

The Commission does not control over:

  • Dayton City Manager;

  • All City Departments;

  • City of Dayton local laws;

  • Dayton Street traffic cameras;

  • Dayton Water services;

  • Dayton Trash services;

  • Dayton Sidewalk & Street repairs;

  • Dayton International Airport;

  • Dayton Public Departments; and

  • Dayton Fire Department.

Montgomery County Auditor

The County auditor values property for taxation; issues dog, kennel, and cigarette licenses; issues licenses for retailers for sales tax purposes; inspects scales, fuel pumps, etc., used in commerce to see that they are accurate; maintains county accounting records and issues annual financial reports

As fiscal officer, the auditor is responsible for maintaining county financial records and issuing warrants for payment of county obligations. As assessor, the auditor is charged with determining property values for taxing purposes and transferring real property deeds. And, as sealer of weights and measures, the auditor tests and certifies the accuracy of various commercial measuring devices.

In addition to these formal roles, the Auditor serves as administrator of the county's data processing center and secretary to the Data Processing Board, secretary to both the Board of Revision and the Budget Commission, and deputy registrar for the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.  Other duties include issuing dog and vendor licenses, certifying tax rates, administering various tax reduction programs and maintaining the county's tax map.

Any citizen of Ohio and the United States who is 18 years of age or older and lives in the county may run for auditor..

Montgomery County Clerk of Courts

The County clerk of court of common pleas: Keeps filings of lawsuits and orders of the county Court of Common Pleas, issues and records titles for motor vehicles.

The Montgomery County Clerk of Courts is a complex organization that serves the Common Pleas Court, General Division; Domestic Relations Court; County Municipal Courts; and the Second District Court of Appeals. The Auto Title Division offers a wide variety of services including titling of motor vehicles and processing passport applications.

Functions of the Clerk’s Office

  • Receive, docket, index, certify, and preserve the pleadings, court orders, and other legal documents that are filed with the courts

  • Serve court papers as required by law and as directed by the parties

  • Furnish preliminary case schedules and notices of hearings

  • Issue such writs as summonses, subpoenas, warrants, and executions

  • Receive, account for, and disburse deposits of money to cover court costs, fines, fees, and restitution according to statute and court order

  • Issue Certificates of Title for automobiles, motorcycles, mobile homes, travel trailers, campers, motor homes, and watercraft

  • Process U.S. passport applications as an authorized Passport Acceptance Agency

Any citizen of Ohio and the United States who is 18 years of age or older and lives in the county may run for clerk of courts.

Montgomery County Coroner

The County coroner determines causes of death in certain cases; is the only person with the power to arrest the sheriff

Any citizen of Ohio and the United States who is 18 years of age or older, lives in the county, and must be licensed to practice medicine for two years may run for coroner.

Montgomery County Engineer

The County engineer maintains county roads and land maps.

Responsibilities of the Montgomery County Engineering Division
The primary function of the Engineering Division is the design of county roads and bridges. Related functions include:

  1.  Procure the services of consultants and manage consulting contracts for the design of roads and bridges.

  2.  Bid and award construction contracts.

  3.  Inspect construction projects for compliance to construction plans.

  4.  Perform traffic studies. Collects and analyzes traffic volume for every county road on a three year cycle.

  5.  Maintain traffic accident records.

  6.  Review and approve new subdivision plans and inspect construction to assure compliance with approved construction plans.

  7.  Perform annual structural inspections of county bridges and report the result to the Ohio Department of Transportation.

  8.  Perform surveying functions in support of design and mapping projects.

  9.  Perform administrative functions for the District 4 Public Works Integrating Committee (Issue 2).

  10.  Perform administrative and engineering support functions for the Montgomery Soil and Water Conservation District.

  11.  Participate in the activities of local and state organizations such as the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission and the County Engineers Association of Ohio.

  12.  Acting as engineer for the townships.

Any citizen of Ohio and the United States who is 18 years of age or older, lives in the county, and must be both licensed surveyors and engineers

Montgomery County Prosecuting Attorney

The Prosecuting attorney prosecutes felonies and is the legal advisor to all other county officials and departments.

The Prosecuting Attorney is the chief legal advisor and attorney for Montgomery County. The responsibilities of the County Prosecutor include the prosecution of persons charged with felony offenses, providing legal advice and counsel to all county elected officials and county departments, handling legal proceedings involving juveniles who violate the law, researching, drafting and arguing all appeals of criminal and civil cases emanating from Montgomery County, and representing township trustees.

The primary function of the Prosecuting Attorney is to prosecute felony criminal cases in the county.

The Criminal Division handles cases before the

  • Grand Jury,

  • Preliminary Hearings in Municipal and County Courts,

  • hearings in Common Pleas Court,

  • Juvenile Court, the Court of Appeals, and

  • the Supreme Courts of Ohio and the United States. 

Prosecutors are also assigned to the County Courts and have jurisdiction in designated areas of the unincorporated townships.

Any citizen of Ohio and the United States who is 18 years of age or older, lives in the county, and must be licensed to practice law.

The Prosecutor has control over:

  • Adult Protection Unit: Domestic Violence & Elder Abuse;

  • Appellate Division: Criminal & Civil;

  • Criminal Case Management;

  • Child Abuse Bureau;

  • Child Protection Unit;

  • Civil Division;

  • Consumer Fraud Unit;

  • Criminal Division;

  • Diversion Division;

  • Juvenile Division;

  • Intake/Grand Jury Section; and

  • Victim Witness Division.

The Prosecutor does not control:

  • Evictions;

  • Traffic violations;

  • License Intervention Programs;

  • Traffic Safety Program;

  • Electronic Home Detention;

  • John's School;

  • Offender Chemical Dependency Education;

  • Sexually-Oriented Supervision; &

  • Stopping the Violence program'

Montgomery County Recorder

The County recorder keeps all land records, including deedssurveysmortgageseasements, and liens.

 The County Recorder's primary responsibility is maintaining the chain of title to real estate by the recording of all deeds, mortgages and conveyances of land and buildings within the county. Other duties assigned to the County Recorder include the recording of plats, powers of attorney, mechanics liens, military discharges, leases and financing statements. Copies of records and responding to public inquiries are vital services provided daily.

Any citizen of Ohio and the United States who is 18 years of age or older and lives in the county may run for county recorder.


Montgomery County Sheriff

The County sheriff is the Chief law enforcement officer, polices areas without local police, runs the county jail, acts as officer of the local courts (transporting prisoners, serving subpoenas, acting as bailiff, etc.)

Ohio has 88 counties and the Sheriff is the chief law enforcement officer for each of those counties. His jurisdiction includes all municipalities, villages and townships within his county. Ohio law requires the Sheriff to preserve the public peace, provide protection to the unincorporated area of the county, serve court paperwork, operate and manage the jail, provide extradition services and transport prisoners

Any citizen of Ohio and the United States who is 18 years of age or older, lives in the county, and must have either a two-year college degree or five years of supervisory experience in law enforcement.

The Sheriff has control over:

  • Real estate Sheriff Sales;

  • Inspectional Services;

  • County Jail;

  • Traffic accidents outside of Dayton;

  • County Court Security;

  • Legal Process servers; and

  • Granting Concealed Carry Weapon Permits.

The Sheriff does not control:

  • Incidents that occur in the City of Dayton; and

  • Dayton Police Department.

Montgomery County Treasurer

The County treasurer collects taxes, invests county money, provides financial oversight to municipalities and school districts in the county.​ The Treasurer serves as the County's Chief Investment Officer, administrator of Delinquent Tax Collection programs and the keeper of Property Tax Escrow accounts.

Treasurer's Role and Responsibilities

County Treasurers, who are elected to four year terms, serve as the County banker, safe keeper of all taxes and investor of local funds. The responsibilities of County Treasurers include:

  • Collection of local taxes, particularly the real property and personal property taxes. They also are responsible for taxes on manufactured homes, inheritance, hotel-motel and special assessments.

  • Safe keeping of taxes collected in tax districts for the Schools, Cities, Townships and Villages.

  • Chief County Investment Officer who oversees the County's portfolio and provides to the County Investment Board financial data, investment instruments, forecasting and interest rate schedules.

  • Prepares daily and monthly statements of deposits into the County Treasury.

  • As a member of the County Board of Revisions oversees complaints of property owners who feel their property taxes are too high.

  • As a member of the County Budget Commission takes an active role in approving the level of spending for the cities, townships, and schools.

Any citizen of Ohio and the United States who is 18 years of age or older and lives in the county.


Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas

The Montgomery County Common Pleas Court consists of four divisions that provide timely and equitable service to the citizens of Montgomery County. Each of the divisions has a unique role for a specific area of the judicial process. Collectively, the Court is dedicated to delivering superior programs in public safety, corrections, rehabilitation, family law, probate, and civil justice.


While the Courts are, by law, separate entities, Judges and administrative staff work together on joint programs and projects designed to provide more cost effective solutions for the Courts. These joint efforts reduce expenditures as well as avoid duplication and inefficiency. 

The General Division Judges preside over bench and jury trials involving complex civil litigation as well as criminal cases where offenders can receive imprisonment for as little as six months or up to the remainder of their lives or, in the event of a capital murder case, may even receive the death penalty

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