GREENVILLE – With a deadline of Feb. 6 to file to run for election, candidates are beginning to come forward for the different positions that will be available in the 2019 election cycle. Lt. Col. Jesse J. Green (U.S. Army – retired) announced this week he is seeking the position of law director for the City of Greenville.
Green is an experienced attorney and assistant prosecutor with 25-years of service to the Darke County Prosecutor’s Office, as well as 34 1/2 years in the military.
Originally a U.S. Marine, Green joined the U.S. Army when he left active duty in 1993. He served humanitarian relief efforts in Nicaragua in May 1999 following Hurricane Mitch and in Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina. In April 2008, Green began a one-year tour of duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom where he served as the Brigade Command Judge Advocate for the 371st Sustainment Brigade at Al Asad Air Base in Al Anbar Province, Republic of Iraq. He was the senior legal advisor for the western portion of Iraq. The highly decorated serviceman earned a Bronze Star for his work during that tour. He retired from the U.S. Army in April 2017.
With Greenville City Council authorizing the pay for the Law Director’s office to increase to $95,000, Green said he would consider this a full-time position and has asked for an office in the city building, if elected. “I’ll be there 40-hours a week or more. I think there’s a need for that,” Green said. He also revealed that by statue, the city’s law director also serves as counsel for the local school district. He pointed out the city’s law director has been considered a part-time position in the past and the school district would spend the money to hire outside counsel. “That’s a waste of money in my mind,” he said.
Green believes his experience in the Darke County Prosecutor’s Office lends itself well to transitioning to serving in city government. “We’re such a small office; we have to do a little bit of everything. We’ve been a jack-of-all-trades for a long time,” he said.
Green said he discussed the possibility of running for the position with his wife and felt now was the right time. Eric Brand, current law director, has expressed that he would not run again. “Now that he is stepping down it creates an opportunity. I feel that it is a calling. It’s something new. It’s a challenge. And I feel that I am more than qualified to fill the obligations of that office.”
He does believe there is a need to keep the assistant law director’s position and has discussed the issue with the current assistant law director and Green doesn’t foresee a change.
Green earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Dayton School of Law and his Bachelor’s Degree from the Honors College at Ball State University. He is admitted to practice law in Ohio, Court of Criminal Appeals for the Armed Forces, U.S. Tax Court, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of International Trade, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.
PHOTO CAPTION: Jesse J. Green