George P. Hartwick, III, was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth. His father taught him that hard work is the only way to succeed in life. George was born and raised in Steelton, PA. Diversity is what Steelton is known for and where George learned to respect all walks of life. As a scholar-athlete, George was the wrestler with the most wins in the history of Steelton-Highspire High School. He also played football and baseball. In his life, nothing has ever come easy. He was the first in his family to graduate from college, which he had to pay for as he worked his way through school. George is a proud graduate of the Pennsylvania State University. One of the things most people would be surprised to learn about him is that he had a degenerative hip disease, called Perthes, and was required to wear leg braces for five years as a child. That experience confirmed to George that it was ok to be different.
At the age of 24, George became the youngest person ever to be elected Mayor of the Borough of Steelton. As Mayor of Steelton he worked to restore community pride - a belief that collectively we, as leaders in the community controlled our own future. George, in collaboration with various community groups, created Steelton's first ever Boys and Girls Club, senior center, revitalized every playground and park and reestablished a summer playground program that gave children supervision and activities. It provided jobs for the Steel High graduates attending college. Every street was repaved and trees were planted to beautify the downtown area. A first class boat dock accessing the Susquehanna River was created; all while balancing the budget and not raising taxes.
After serving two successful terms as the mayor of Steelton Borough he ran and was elected County Commissioner in November 2003. As Commissioner, George continues to work harder than ever and fight for the people whom too often don't have a voice. As county commissioner he is most proud of working relationships established with colleagues, the employees and the Courts. He has shown, unlike Washington, D.C. or Harrisburg, that the only way to fundamentally reform government and place the interests of our taxpayers first is to put personal and partisan interest last. Now in his second term as commissioner on the Dauphin County Board of Commissioners, Hartwick has primary oversight of the county's Human Services Department, Tax Assessment Office, Veterans Affairs, Children and Youth, Juvenile Probation, Area Agency on Aging and other initiatives. He has attracted international recognition to the county for its unprecedented Family Group conferencing success, and his strong leadership style and proactive, results-oriented approach which led to his selection by fellow county commissioners across the state for the prestigious COMCARE “Commissioner of the Year Award” in 2011. He was also elected "Government Leader of the Year" Award in 2006, along with his two fellow board members, by the Harrisburg Regional Chamber and CREDC. They also received the "Helping Hand" Award from Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Capital Region, were awarded multiple "Waste Watchers" Awards from the state Department of Environmental Protection, and were named "Champions of Diversity" by the Institute for Cultural Partnerships. Other various awards include: Pennsylvania Citizens for Better Libraries (PCBL) Local Public Official Award, S.W.A.N. Collaboration Award, the Harambee Recognition Award of the Nguzo Saba Ujoma-Unity, and Electorate for President Obama Electoral College, among other awards.
George lives in Swatara Township with his wife Sasha. They have four beautiful daughters and a son. Outside of the office nothing is more important to him than his children. He enjoys attending summer league basketball games, watching his kids play soccer, and playing a round of golf with his daughter. George has realized that you can't change the world unless you are a good father first.