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Retired Montgomery County clerk of courts takes Hamilton County job

Former Montgomery County Clerk of Courts Greg Brush has been named chief administrator for the Hamilton County Clerk of Courts, according to a news release from clerk Aftab Pureval.

Brush, 54, retired from Montgomery County on Oct. 31 to take the new job after 34 years in public service.

Pureval said Brush was chosen after a nationwide search. He touted Brush as someone who led the clerk’s office “with innovation and distinction” and said his experience working in the courts set him apart from other candidates.

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Brush, a Democrat who was elected clerk in 2008, 2012 and 2016 said he had not intended to retire but the Hamilton County job was too good to pass up.

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“Aftab and his team are talented and innovative, and when this opportunity came up, I knew I wanted to be part of this team,” said Brush, who previously spent seven years as Butler County fiscal officer and 20 years as a Vandalia Police officer.

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Montgomery County Commissioners named Connie Villelli acting Montgomery County Clerk of Courts. Villelli was director of compliance and special projects in the clerk’s office.

Brush’s permanent replacement will be named by the Montgomery County Democratic Party yet this year. That person will fill the job through 2018, and an election will be held in November to complete the final two years of Brush’s term.

Brush and Commissioner Dan Foley, also a Democrat, announced on the same day in October that they would be leaving office. Foley will serve out his term this through 2018 and not seek re-election.

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