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Dauphin County Commissioners  Mike Pries, Chad Saylor, and George P. Hartwick, III are essentially the CEOs of the county, with authority over budgets and finance, debts, contracts, appointment of department heads and staff in departments that report directly to the board, as well as appointments to the many authorities, commissions and boards. Commissioners are elected to four-year terms.

The Commissioners work as a team with the elected county row officers as well as the courts, law enforcement and other first responders to ensure the safety of our community. The Commissioners are responsible for emergency preparedness for efforts such as the COVIC-19 mass vaccination clinic and emergency weather events.

Because of the size and complexity of Dauphin County government, the three Commissioners have oversite responsibility for different departments and services. When action is needed, the oversite commissioner brings the issue to the board for consideration.

The commissioners also oversee the Dauphin County Prison and serve on its board of directors.

In recent years, the Commissioners have led Pennsylvania’s 67 counties in developing new ways to promote economic development, help municipalities attack blight and fix aging bridges and infrastructure, and preserve open space – all without putting an additional burden on taxpayers.

How to contact the Dauphin County Commissioners Office:
Phone:  717-780-6300
Mail:      2 S. Second Street, 4th Floor
                  Harrisburg, PA 17101
Click here for information about the board’s public meetings.

Meet the Commissioners

72PPI_Online use_Dauphin County Commissioners-7     Board Chairman Mike Pries

Contact Commissioner Pries

Mike has deep roots in the community and was first appointed to the board in 2010, including serving as Chairman of the Derry Township Board of Supervisors. He oversees the Prison, Economic Development, Voter Registration, Veterans Affairs, and Public Safety Departments, among others. Click here to learn more about Mike Pries.

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    Board Vice Chairman Chad Saylor
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Chad Saylor has more than 30 years of experience in government and politics at the state and local levels. Prior to his appointment as Dauphin County Commissioner in June 2021, Chad served as Dauphin County’s Chief Clerk and Chief of Staff for 14 years. He oversees budget/finance, parks and recreation, information technology, transportation, conservation district, and adult probation departments and offices.
Click here to learn more about Chad Saylor.

Hartwick Headshot Online      Board Secretary George P. Hartwick, III

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George was first elected to the board in 2004. At 24, he was elected as Steelton’s mayor, becoming the youngest mayor ever elected in Pennsylvania. George oversees Human Services, which includes Children and Youth, the Area Agency on Aging, Drug and Alcohol and Mental Health/Intellectual Disabilities. Click here to learn more about George P. Hartwick, III.