With over two decades of experience in county government and public service, Mike Pries was appointed to the Dauphin County Board of Commissioners in August 2010 by the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas, filling the unexpired term of the resigning Nick DiFrancesco. On September 1, 2010, Pries was sworn into office as commissioner and selected as vice chairman of the board. He oversight of the county's Emergency Management Agency, Security, Domestic Relations, Community and Economic Development, Registrations and Elections and more.
Prior to his appointment, Pries served as the Director of Safety and Security for Dauphin County for nearly eleven years and was responsible for ensuring the county's employees and facilities were safe and secure. During his tenure as Director of Safety and Security, Pries initiated a series of improvements, including implementing integrated security enhancements, enabling security checks, and expanding employee training programs, among many other effective measures. Before his employment with Dauphin County, Pries worked as a Claims Investigator at Equifax Services/Choicepoint and Pinkerton Security Services.
He has also served as a Derry Township Supervisor since 2006, serving as Chairman of the Board of Supervisors from 2008 to 2010. As Derry Township Supervisor, Pries led public meetings, oversaw a nearly $20 million annual budget and over 300 employees, and routinely interacted with local and regional businesses, government officials, community leaders to improve the quality of life in the area. Under his leadership, Derry Township held the line on real estate and occupational taxes. Pries also served on the Derry Township Industrial and Commercial Development Authority since 1999 and as Chairman from 2004 to 2005. His most memorable project was the GIANT Center, home of the Hershey Bears and a popular concert venue.
A devoted community volunteer, Commissioner Pries founded and chaired the Hershey New Year's Committee to plan an annual celebration that draws upwards of 10,000 revelers and features live entertainment, fireworks and more to ring in the New Year. He also volunteered his time on the Derry Township Library Board, the Derry Township Tax Association, the Hershey Memorial Day Committee, Hershey Youth Football Association, the Community Celebration Committee, and many other community service-related organizations.
His efforts to make Dauphin County a better place have earned him numerous accolades, including Harrisburg Regional Chamber/CREDC's distinguished "President's Award" in 2013 and the Harrisburg Young Professionals' "President's Award" in 2012.
Commissioner Pries graduated from Penn State University in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in Administration of Justice. He is a graduate of Hershey High School and active member of the St. Joan of Arc Church in Hershey. Commissioner Pries currently resides in Derry Township with his wife Angela and two children, Carter and Will.