Commissioner: Deborah A. Lieberman
Phone: (937) 225-4015
Debbie Lieberman has been active in politics and local government for as long as she can remember. After serving her local community and the community at large for many years, Debbie was elected to the Montgomery County Commission in 2004. In 2008, Debbie was returned to the Commission for a second four-year term.
Debbie arrived in Dayton in 1983 to attend the University of Dayton Law School. She was not new to the area having spent a part of her childhood in Kettering when her father was the Headmaster of Dayton Christian School. Debbie also spent parts of her youth in Indianapolis and St. Petersburg, Florida. Debbie graduated from the University of Indianapolis for her undergraduate degree.
After graduating from law school, Debbie worked in real estate and with The Legal Aid Society of Dayton. In 1991, Debbie joined the Montgomery County Auditor’s Office as Director of Real Estate. She served in that position for 10 years before becoming the Chief Deputy Auditor in 2001.
In 1998 Debbie served on the former Randolph Township Planning Commission and helped lead the merger effort that led to the creation of the City of Clayton. That year, Debbie was elected to the first City of Clayton Council and re-elected in 2001. She worked diligently for the citizens of Clayton and to adopt the Clayton Charter in 1999.
Over the years, Debbie has served on numerous boards and commissions including the Dayton Jewish Community Center’s Early Childhood Development Committee and as a member of the Development Committee for the Artemis Center for Alternatives to Domestic Violence.
Since Debbie was elected to the Commission, she has adopted more causes. Debbie has served on the Dayton Development Coalition’s Regional Leaders Forum. She is currently serving on the Downtown Dayton Partnership Board. Debbie co-chairs the Economic Self Sufficiency Outcome Team. The Outcome Team is focusing on issues of employment for the homeless and people in persistent poverty. The Outcome Team led to the creation of the Community Wide Ex-Offender Reentry Task Force which she co-chaired with Judge Walter Rice. In 2011 the Montgomery County Commissioners created a permanent policy board for reentry that she continues to co-chair.
She has led several community events, serving as Chair of the Kids Voting Bipartisan Bash, honorary co-chair of the NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet and was the Chair of the "Dayton, A City of Peace Celebration". Debbie was recognized as a "Woman of Influence" by the Dayton Area YWCA. The award recognizes efforts to eliminate racism and empower women. She also received the “Champion for Children” award from Voices for Ohio’s Children where she was recognized for her involvement and advocacy for children’s issues in the community. She received the Liberty Bell award from the Dayton Bar Association and Debbie currently serves on the United Way Board and as an officer for the Dayton Metro Police Athletic League. She is the 2012 honorary chair for the Day of Caring that benefits the Montgomery County Housing Coalition and The Food Bank and was named one of the 2012 Ten Top Women by the Dayton Daily News.
Debbie is active in the County Commissioner’s Association of Ohio (CCAO) and is currently serving as President of the Board of Directors. She co-chaired the Governor’s 21st Century Transportation Task Force and served on the state-wide committee studying elder abuse issues in Ohio.
Last year the Governor appointed Debbie to the Ohio Local Government Innovation Fund Council and she also serves on the Ohio Housing Trust Fund Committee. She was recently appointed to the Supreme Court Task Force of the Funding of Ohio Courts.
Debbie was selected to be on the Human Services and Education Steering Committee by the National Association of Counties. This committee has an immense responsibility developing policy on a number of issues facing counties.
Debbie has a rich family life with husband Dennis, a criminal defense attorney. Debbie and Dennis have two sons, David and D.J. David is a junior at Miami University and is very active on campus. D.J. attends Northmont High School and is involved in football, track and the mock trial team.