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.

Treasurer McNamara Swear In Ceremony

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 meetings 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.

Education
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.