XENIA — Joshua Schierloh was named the city of Xenia’s law director Thursday.
Schierloh, 37, replaces Ron Lewis, who became the city prosecutor during a reorganization. His contract, which was unanimously approved by council during its regular session, calls for a salary of $97,000 per year.
“It’s a very exciting position for me,” Schierloh said. “It’s an exciting time in Xenia. There’s a lot of energy. To be a part of that’s exciting.”
Schierloh has spent the last three years as law director for Washington Township in Montgomery County. Before that he was in a private practice representing municipalities through insurance companies. A 2004 graduate of the University of Dayton School of Law, Schierloh began his career in public service as an assistant prosecutor for Montgomery County.
That overall experience allowed Schierloh to move to the top of Xenia’s list of candidates.
“After a comprehensive review of resumes received and a series of city staff and council interviews, Joshua stood out as the best-qualified choice,” Council President Mike Engle said. “We found that his varied experience in both the public administrative law and private practice spheres made him the optimal candidate.”
In restructuring the law department, the city wants to expand the administrative law services available to support the city’s day-t0-day needs, Engle said. Schierloh, who officially starts next week, is ready to do that, he said.
“Just kind of hit the ground running … and see what the city needs,” he said.
Public service runs in the family. His father, Michael L. Schierloh, was a Dayton city commissioner and also served as assistant city manger. Joshua Schierloh’s brother, Matthew, is a secret service agent for President Barack Obama.
A Kettering resident, Schierloh is married and has two daughters.
Contact Scott Halasz at 937-502-4507.