Owens was appointed Dayton Municipal Court clerk in January 1991. He successfully ran for his first full term in November 1991. He was reelected in 1997, 2003, 2009 and 2015. He was president of the Ohio Association of Municipal Court Clerks from 1997-99, and was named Clerk of Court of the Year, Ohio in 1999.
As Dayton’s court clerk he oversaw the implementation of two court management systems, took responsibility for the collection of bail for all courts in Montgomery County and created a self-help center for Dayton Municipal Court. Also, under his leadership Dayton was the first municipal clerk’s office in Ohio to be unionized, the release stated.