Dauphin County Commissioners OK County Servers Changing to .GOV Email, Website Domains

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The Dauphin County Commissioners have approved action to convert email and webpages on county servers to a dauphincounty.gov domain.

Currently, county web addresses and email addresses have a dauphinc.org domain.

The changes – according to IT Director Elizabeth Zeigler Parry and District Attorney Fran Chardo – would increase security and make correspondence more identifiable as a government office.

“.Org simply does not fit us,” District Attorney Chardo said at an Oct. 20 Board of Commissioners’ meeting. “It is not just a matter of optics; it is a matter of public safety.”

Commissioners Pries, Saylor, and Hartwick voted unanimously to go forward with the plan.

County IT would request the .gov domain from U.S. Homeland Security. (Only a government or public sector office is granted a .gov domain.) There is no attached cost with having the .gov domain.

Commissioner Chair Mike Pries confirmed that emails sent to .org addresses would be forwarded to the new .gov inboxes.

Commissioner Chad Saylor greenlighted the project while commending county IT for taking on numerous initiatives to modernize and increase security.

Commissioner George P. Hartwick, III called the change a “no-brainer.”

MEDIA CONTACT: Brett Hambright, Press Secretary, 717-780-6311; bhambright@dauphinc.org.