Brandon C. McClain

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BrandonMcClainPhotoBrandon C. McClain is the Recorder of Montgomery County.  He was appointed in March 2018, elected in November of that same year to fill the unexpired term and re-elected to a 4-year term in 2020.

Recorder McClain graduated cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, the University of Cincinnati with a Master of Science in Criminal Justice and the University of Dayton School of Law with a Juris Doctor.  He is also a veteran, having served as a non-commissioned officer in the Army National Guard, achieving the rank of Sergeant prior to being honorably discharged.

Mr. McClain is admitted to the practice of law in the state of Ohio, as well as the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio and the United States Tax Court.  His legal experience varies from being an Acting Judge and Magistrate in the Dayton Municipal Court, to being an Assistant Public Defender in the Montgomery County Public Defender's Office. Beginning in 2019, Mr. McClain has served as an Adjunct Law Professor at the University of Dayton School of Law specializing in Alternative Dispute Resolution. 

Since becoming Recorder, Mr. McClain has initiated three key programs: E-recording (electronic document recording), the Veterans Identification Card Program and the Fraud Alert Notification System. In recognition of his efforts as Recorder, Mr. McClain has been accepted into the State of Ohio Leadership Institute (The Ohio State University, 2021) and has received the National Association of Social Workers Region 7 Public Elected Official of the Year Award (NASW, 2020), the Herman Zerger Veteran of the Year Award (ODP, 2019), the Top Ten African-American Male Award (Parity, Inc., 2019), the Forty Under 40 Award (the Dayton Business Journal, 2019), the Joseph Cinque Award (University of Dayton, 2018) and has been inducted into the Dayton Bar Association Foundation Fellowship (Dayton Bar Association, 2019).

In addition to his elected duties, Mr. McClain is a member of the Ohio Recorders Association; serves on the Sinclair Community College (SCC) Paralegal Program Advisory Committee, the SCC Real Estate Advisory Committee, the Ohio Recorders Association Legislative Committee, the Dayton Mediation Center Board of Directors, the Single Parents Rock Board of Directors; the Special Wish Foundation Dayton Board of Directors; and is the Chairman of the Montgomery County Data Processing Board.

McClain is also a proud member of the Rotary Club of Dayton and a founding member of the Northmont Kiwanis Club.