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. In 2011, he was elected to his first full term as commissioner. As Dauphin County Commissioner, Pries oversees the county’s Department of Community and Economic Development, Safety and Security, Veterans Affairs, Facility Maintenance, Waste Management and Recycling, Domestic Relations, the Planning Commission, Registration and Elections, the Emergency Management Agency, Capital Area Transit and the Dauphin County Library System
Prior to his appointment, Commissioner 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, he initiated a series of improvements, including implementing integrated security enhancements, enabling security checks, and expanding employee training programs, among many other effective measures.
He also served as a Derry Township Supervisor from 2006-2010, serving as Chairman of the Board of Supervisors from 2008 to 2010. As Derry Township Supervisor, Commissioner 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 from 1999-2010 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 over 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. Commissioner Pries also has been coaching little league baseball since 2012 and has received the 2014 Jeffrey Hahn Coaching Leadership Award from the Hershey Little League Board.
His dedication to improving the quality of life in the county has earned him the Pennsylvania Economic Development Association’s 2014 President’s Award, the National Association of Counties’ 2014 Achievement Award in the category of Community/Economic Development and the Harrisburg Riverboat Society’s 2013 Award for Distinguished Community Service. He also received the Harrisburg Young Professionals’ 2012 President’s Award, highlighting his significant impact on the Harrisburg community. Commissioner Pries was appointed to serve as Chairman of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania’s Economic Development Committee for 2016.
Commissioner Pries graduated from Penn State University in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in Administration of Justice and from Hershey High School. He currently resides in Derry Township with his wife Angela and two children, Carter and Will, and is an active member of the St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church.