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    Willis E. Blackshear

     Willis Blackshear, Montgomery County Recorder

    Willis E. Blackshear is the 33rd Recorder in Montgomery County and the first African American to hold the office of Recorder, in the State of Ohio.

    Mr. Blackshear is a native of Dayton, where he resides with his wife, Regina. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science/Public Administration from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee.

    Mr. Blackshear joined the Montgomery County's Treasurer's office in 1985, where he performed in various functions until his 2006 appointment to the office of Montgomery County Recorder.

    Over the years, Mr. Blackshear has endeavored to serve the citizens of Montgomery County through campaign and volunteer work, and is currently serving as a board member for Miami Valley Fair Housing Center, Project Impact, Sinclair Paralegal and Tawawa Community Development Corporation.

    In 2001, Mr. Blackshear was honored by the Dayton Business Journal as one of the "Most Influential People in the Dayton Area".

    Mr. Blackshear strives to continue serving the public in his position as Recorder. Within the Recorder's office, Mr. Blackshear will further the development of E-Filing, and preserve the strong customer service commitment of the Recorder staff.

    In recognition of his efforts as Recorder, Willis has received the National Association of Social Workers Public Official of the Year Award (2009), Parity Inc. Top Ten African American Male Award (2009), and the League of Woman Voters Making Democracy Work Award (2010).