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 by working 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 is was okay to be different.
Now in his third term as commissioner on the Dauphin County Board of Commissioners, George has primary oversight of the county's Human Services Department, Tax Assessment Office, Human Resources, Children and Youth, Juvenile Probation, Area Agency on Aging and other initiatives. He was nominated to serve as the Chairman of the County Commissioners Association of PA’s (CCAP) Human Services Committee. He was also elected as Pennsylvania’s representative to participate in the National Association of Counties’ (NACo) County Leadership Institute as well as to serve on NACo’s executive board and represent Pennsylvania. George was recently appointed by the state Supreme Court to serve on the Lawyers Security Board.
George received MLK, Jr. Dream Showcase – Dream Keeper Award and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Governor’s Award for Local Government in 2017. He also won the CCAP President’s Award in 2016 and 2014, the Latino Hispanic American Community Center Award, the 2015 Greater Harrisburg NAACP Presidential Citation, and the 2014 Governor’s Award for Local Government Excellence in recognition of his contribution to local government in Pennsylvania. His hard work on behalf of the Dauphin County Democratic Committee earned him the Chairman’s Award in 2014 and 2015-16. His strong leadership style and proactive, results-oriented approach 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 honored by the Harrisburg Regional Chamber and CREDC with the 2006 "Government Leader of the Year" Award, along with his two fellow board members. They also received the "Helping Hand" Award from Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Capital Region, multiple "Waste Watcher" 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 is the proud father of Alexis, Lauren, Jordan and George IV. He firmly believes that you can’t change the world without being a good father first.