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Personal Statement

Growing by fifteen families every day, Washington County is a place of choice, a destination place! It is a place where people wish to plant their families, grow their farms, start their businesses and nurture their non-profits. I ran for County Judge to build a better county for our citizens - a county prepared for and conducive to economic growth. Committed to developing leaders to deliver exemplary services to our citizens and welcoming those seeking to reside in Washington County!

My experience in both the private sector and as Deputy Secretary of State, has provided me a great opportunity to lead teams and manage projects. A focus on developing people, delivering results, and improving business operations is my priority as County Judge.

I am committed to serving our communities, connecting citizens “round the county” and communicating my vision for a better county!

Duties of the County Judge

The Washington County Judge is the chief executive officer for the county government. The judge:

  • Authorizes and approves the disbursement of all appropriated county funds
  • Operates the system of county roads
  • Administers ordinances enacted by the quorum court
  • Has custody of county property
  • Accepts grants from federal, state, public, and private sources
  • Hires county employees except those employed by other elected officials of the county
  • Presides over the quorum court without a vote, but with the power of veto

Education & Experience

Upon graduation from high school, Joseph attended Iowa State University where he graduated in 1987 with a degree in Business Administration. He finished his Masters of Christian Leadership degree in 2016.

  • Executive Administrator - Deputy Secretary of State: Business & Commercial Services and the Communication & Education Divisions since 2011
  • Small Business Owner - My C.A.S.E. Pro. a career consulting firm
  • Walmart Stores, Inc. Corporate Office - Head of International Recruitment/Staffing, Regional HR Logistics & Transportation, Sr. Recruiter - Pharmacy, Real Estate, Construction, and Sam's Club
  • Home Depot - District Human Resources Director
  • University of Chicago Graduate School of Business - Assistant Director of Admissions
  • Former State Bank Examiner

Personal Information

Joseph is a foundling. Abandoned in the streets at birth, he was placed in an orphanage and would eventually find his forever family. He grew up with his two brothers and sister in the tough neighborhoods of Chicago. Joseph’s mother was an educator and his father was a construction worker. Education and hard-work, along with serving the community, were expected in the family. Joseph held on to these values and continue to instill them in his children and grandchildren.

Joseph and his wife June have been married for 24 years. They have three daughters: Paris, Loren J’la, and Candace and enjoy their two grandsons Brian and Joey. Joseph and his family moved to Washington County in 1997. Three years ago Joseph moved his mother-in-law Mattie to their home. They attend Christian Life Cathedral in Fayetteville and all are very active with the nonprofits, schools and seniors in the county.

Community Service

Joseph is committed to serving the community. He serves as a Board of Director for KIPP: Delta Public Schools, Board of Director for Youth Bridge, State Representative for Sister Cities International, Selective Services Local Board Member, Board of Governance for Ecclesia College, and Former University of Arkansas Chancellor’s Diversity Advisory Board and Former Board of Director for the NWA American Red Cross.

Joseph has been actively involved politics and community outreach since 1988. He led youth teen groups in his neighborhood and church. He is a former chairman candidate for the Republican Party of Arkansas and served three terms as state treasurer for the party. He has received many awards and recognition and speaks to many organizations, schools and universities. Joseph was recently selected to be a Henry Toll Fellow by the Council of State Government.