About the Treasurer

About the Treasurer

Michael McNamara, Butler County Treasurer

Michael McNamara was appointed to the office of Butler County Treasurer in March 2023.

Professional Background

Before becoming County Treasurer, McNamara worked his way through county and state government amassing a body of knowledge providing a unique breadth and depth of experience to the residents and taxpayers of Butler County.

From 2020-2023, McNamara served as Director of Clermont County’s Department of Community + Economic Development where some of his accomplishments included:

  • Negotiated a $550 million project to land a Nestlé Purina manufacturing facility at the county’s South Afton Industrial Park
  • Partnered with the county’s chamber of commerce and visitors bureau to launch a study to eventually place cabins and a lodge at East Fork State Park
  • Developed a strategic plan for the department that placed a focus on quality job attraction and retention, elevating quality of life, and historic preservation
  • Acquired 160 acres for a new industrial park
  • Started the Clermont County Bond Fund through its Port Authority
  • Instituted regular meeting with local officials to educate them about economic development tools available to them
  • Led a multi-county effort with Clermont, Brown, Adams and Scioto counties to apply for grant funds through Ohio’s Appalachian Community Grant Program

Prior to Clermont County, McNamara served as Butler County’s Development Administrator where he led the Butler County Land Bank and the Butler County Port Authority as Executive Director.  Some of his successful projects include:

  • Teaming with the Convention and Visitors Bureau and the County Commissioners on Project Spark that rebranded Butler County
  • Built a large number of projects with the Port Authority that brought the flailing organization to financial stability and left it with over $2 million in its accounts
  • Demolished over 600 residential structures that were considered blight in target neighborhoods mostly in the cities of Hamilton and Middletown
  • Worked with CMC to develop The Marcum, bring 102 market rate residential units to downtown Hamilton that supports local businesses and breathed new life into downtown
  • Closed on the $100+ million West Chester Trade Center bringing hundreds of new jobs to the region
  • Worked with the Kroger Company on the first-of-its-kind automated “shed” facility in Monroe

McNamara also served as Chief Deputy in the Butler County Treasurer’s office from 2010 to 2015.  He has previously worked for the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s office, the Ohio Treasurer of State, and the Butler County Clerk of Courts office.


McNamara graduated from Ohio University with a Master’s degree in Public Administration in 2019 with a 4.0 GPA.

McNamara’s undergraduate degree is in Political Science from Miami University in 1998.

Michael McNamara graduated from Kings High School and was a varsity athlete in cross country and swimming and a member of the National Honor Society.

Community Service

McNamara has made community service a priority in his life.  McNamara was a member of the Board of Trustees for Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School for six years and was Chairman of the Board for two years.  He also served on the Board of Directors for the Cincinnati Area Chapter of the American Red Cross and was a Red Cross Board member for 12 years.  He also served for six years on the Outreach Commission at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church and was Commission Chair for two years which also included service on the Parish Council. 

Other civic memberships over the years have included:

  • Ohio Economic Development Association Board of Directors member
  • Ohio Council of Ports Authority
  • International City/County Management Association
  • Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels
  • National Society of Sons of the American Revolution
  • Workforce Investment Board of Butler, Warren and Clermont Counties
  • West Chester 2050 Visioning Committee
  • Leadership Middletown Class of 2016
  • Leadership West Chester Class of 2017
  • Leadership Hamilton Class of 2018
  • National Rifle Association Benefactor Life Member
  • Ohio Gun Collectors Association
  • Greater Cincinnati Right to Life


McNamara is a licensed FCC amateur radio operator (KB8ELI) and has been a certified drone pilot with the FAA.  He is the author of two books: The Political Campaign Desk Reference and Nick Thomas Versus God.  He and his wife, Lisa, live in West Chester where they raise their two sons.  Their boys attend Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School.  They enjoy traveling, supporting local businesses, school activities and sports, and family adventures.


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