John McManus currently serves the residents of Montgomery County as Chief Deputy Clerk of Courts. He is responsible for the oversight and management of the Criminal, Civil, Domestic Relations, Appellate, Records, and Bookkeeping & Finance Departments for the Montgomery County Clerk of Courts. 

During and prior to this role, John served 150,000 residents of Dayton, Riverside, Trotwood, Harrison Township and Jefferson Township as a Member of the Dayton Board of Education. John was elected to the position in 2015, while still a full time student in law school at the University of Dayton. John held various positions during his four years of service, including as Board Vice President and Finance Chairman. As Finance Chairman, John was responsible for the oversight of an annual operating budget of nearly half a billion dollars. While Finance Chair, John worked with the District Treasurer to control spending, increase the District's bond rating, and grow the strategic savings and reserve fund to tens of millions of dollars. 

After graduating from law school, John served as Deputy Clerk of Court for the Franklin County Municipal Clerk of Court. In this role, John worked primarily with law enforcement officers and was an active member of the office's Criminal and Traffic Division. 

Prior to moving to Dayton to pursue higher education, John worked in state and federal government in a number of capacities. He served as Legislative Liaison and Public Information Officer for Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, advocating for more efficient human resource policies for state government. Additionally, John served as Regulatory and Publications Specialist for Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett. In this role, John was responsible for regulatory  assignments related to all of state government's departments, agencies, boards, and commissions. 

After graduating from college, John served as a White House Staff Assistant in the Administration of President George W. Bush. He was assigned to the Executive Office of the President. 

John resides in historic downtown Centerville. He holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Dayton School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Memphis. 

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  • Montgomery County Clerk of Courts, Legal Division, Chief Deputy Clerk of Courts

  • Dayton Board of Education, Former Vice President and Finance Chairman

  • Franklin County Municipal Clerk of Court, Criminal and Traffic Division, Former Deputy Clerk of Court

  • Tennessee Department of Human Resources, Former Legislative Liaison & Public Information Officer

  • Tennessee Department of State, Former Regulatory & Publications Specialist 

  • The White House, Executive Office of the President, Former Staff Assistant 


  • Juris Doctorate (J.D.), University of Dayton School of Law 

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Political Science, University of Memphis