Joseph is a foundling, abandoned at birth in the streets of Chicago on a wintry night, placed in an orphanage, and who went on to find his forever family when he was adopted at ten years old. He grew up with two brothers and a sister in the tough neighborhoods of Chicago where his mother was an educator and his father a construction worker. They instilled in him the values of a good education, hard-work, and community service, and to this day, he holds on to those values and passes them on to his children and grandchildren.
Married for 29 years, Joseph and his wife, June, have three daughters: Paris, Loren J’la (Jalen), and Candace (Marvin), and find continual enjoyment in spending time with their three grandchildren Brian, Joey and Anna.
In 1997, Joseph and his family moved to Washington County where he is currently serving his second term as County Judge. Overseeing a county that is growing by fifteen families every day, Joseph has made the county a great place to raise a family and start a business.
Prior to becoming County Judge, Joseph served Arkansas as the Deputy Secretary of State for Business and Commercial Services and Education Divisions. He helped make it easier for Arkansans to turn an idea into a business and removed government barriers and red tape to make the state more business friendly. Joseph also was the Head of International Recruiting & Staffing at Walmart Stores, Inc, the District Human Resources Director for Home Depot, and launched his own small business, a career consulting firm. He is a big proponent of life, educational improvements and innovation, and an advocate for our most vulnerable – children in foster care.
Joseph has shared his leadership insights and upbringing with countless audiences. He wrote the foreword to America’s 20/20 Vision: The Plan and authored two children’s books, Saving Joey and Adopting Joey, based on his true-life story.
Registered Republican since 1988.
First elected black Republican County Judge in Arkansas in 2016 and re-elected in 2018.
Republican Party of Arkansas State Treasurer.
Washington County Republican Committee – Vice Chair.
3rd District Republican Party of Arkansas – Minority Chair.
Delegate to Republican conventions.