Willis E. Blackshear was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio where he continues to reside with his wife, Regina. He has an adult son, Willis Jr. Willis E. Blackshear graduated from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School and received his BA in Political Science from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. After graduating from college, Willis began his 30 years of public service by accepting an entry-level position with the Montgomery County Treasurer's Office. Experience and dedication lead him to managing the Tax Delinquency Department as the Assistant County Treasurer.
After 22 years of service in the Treasurer's Office, Willis was appointed as Recorder of Montgomery County in 2006 and elected in 2008 for a full term.
In addition to his elected duties, Willis currently serves on the following boards: Miami Valley Fair Housing Center, Sinclair Paralegal and Tawawa Community Development Corporation.
Willis was elected as the first African American President of the Ohio Recorders' Association (ORA) in 2016.
In recognition of his efforts as Recorder, Willis received the National Association of Social Workers Public Official of the Year Award (2009), Top Ten African American Male Award (2009), The League of Women Voters Making Democracy Work Award (2010) and the Montgomery County Democratic Party's Democrat of the Year Award (2014).
Mr. Blackshear was elected to a second term as Montgomery County Recorder in 2012 and is currently seeking re-election in 2016.