Dauphin County, PA

Dauphin County, PA PA's capital county and home to the magnificent state Capitol Complex, Hershey's chocolate, and more! Hartwick, III.

For more than 225 years, Dauphin County has been physically linked to one of the great rivers of North America – the Susquehanna – and is located in the heart of Central Pennsylvania. Its strategic location, within less than a day’s driving time of over half the population of the United States and Canada, makes it a perfect place to move or expand a business. More than 268,000 citizens call Dauphi

n County home, with the state and federal government, Hershey Entertainment and Resorts, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, PinnacleHealth, Capital Blue Cross and Tyco as a few of the area’s largest employers. From rural farms to scenic suburbs and bustling city streets to historic parks, Dauphin County has it all. Dauphin County is governed by Board of Commissioners Mike Pries, Chad Saylor, and George P. The Commissioners manage a work force of approximately 1,700 employees in more than 40 departments, administer a complex annual budget of $230.6 million and maintain the vital services residents depend upon, such as 9-1-1 services, voter registration and elections, human services, economic development, parks and recreation, veterans’ affairs and more.

Powerful morning with Dauphin County Veterans Court, which celebrated graduates Tommie Turner (U.S. Navy) and Trevor Dun...
12/08/2023

Powerful morning with Dauphin County Veterans Court, which celebrated graduates Tommie Turner (U.S. Navy) and Trevor Dunkelberger (U.S. Marine Corps).

Judge William T. Tully presided over the ceremony in which Mr. Turner described being a better son and father as well as a more productive member of society as he marks two years of sobriety next week. Mr. Dunkelberger described a darkness so profound that he stopped looking for light before now finding his way by using the supports around him, including his probation officer and the Lebanon VA Medical Center.

12/07/2023
12/07/2023

Santa’s helpers (the county commissioners and Judge John Cherry) are giving you a peek into the toy store being shopped by Children & Youth Services’ client families.

🎁 454 families
🎁 1,173 children
🎁 17 businesses and organizations donating gifts

Congratulations to the 2023 Craig Webb Memorial Award recipients.𝗙𝗶𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗥𝗲𝘀𝗰𝘂𝗲 𝗟𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗬𝗲𝗮𝗿 Ashton Snyder, Mille...
12/06/2023

Congratulations to the 2023 Craig Webb Memorial Award recipients.

𝗙𝗶𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗥𝗲𝘀𝗰𝘂𝗲 𝗟𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗬𝗲𝗮𝗿
Ashton Snyder, Millersburg Fire Co. No. 1 third assistant fire chief

She joined the fire company in 2008 and is heavily focused on recruiting the next generation of firefighters, particularly serving as a mentor to young women.

𝗟𝗮𝘄 𝗘𝗻𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗰𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗟𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗬𝗲𝗮𝗿
Autumn Lupey, Lower Paxton Township Bureau of Police sergeant

She has devoted more than 15 years of her career to conducting major criminal investigations and continues to serve on taskforces with the FBI and Dauphin County Human Trafficking Taskforce.

𝗘𝗺𝗲𝗿𝗴𝗲𝗻𝗰𝘆 𝗠𝗲𝗱𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝗦𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗶𝗰𝗲𝘀 𝗟𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗬𝗲𝗮𝗿
Jason Campbell, South Central EMS chief paramedic

He has dedicated his life to public safety, embarking on his journey first as a volunteer EMT with the Highspire Ambulance Association 28 years ago. He serves as chairman of the Dauphin County EMS Council.

Volunteers have been hard at work prepping the CYS store. Watch for more details next week, including a visit from a spe...
12/01/2023

Volunteers have been hard at work prepping the CYS store. Watch for more details next week, including a visit from a special guest. (Hint: "I know him! I know him.")

Our DCP team is so generous! This is a small sampling of the donations made during our toy drive in support of Dauphin County Children & Youth Services. Everything is being packaged to be taken to the store CYS hosts for client families to "shop" this holiday season.

When a federal judge ruled last week that undated or misdated ballots should be accepted, the Dauphin County Voter Regis...
11/29/2023

When a federal judge ruled last week that undated or misdated ballots should be accepted, the Dauphin County Voter Registration & Elections Office pivoted quickly (literally overnight) to ensure the ballots were counted and the elections board could certify the Nov. 7 election results without delay.

WITF News describes the process in this story:

Around 112 undated or misdated ballots were set aside in Dauphin County after the Nov. 7 election.But late last Tuesday, county solicitors Joe Cur […]

On this blustery afternoon, Dauphin County CASA lit the Giving Tree housed at Linglestown American Legion Post 272 to il...
11/28/2023

On this blustery afternoon, Dauphin County CASA lit the Giving Tree housed at Linglestown American Legion Post 272 to illuminate the lives of children in foster care. CASA uses the Giving Tree as a fundraising campaign to assist in recruiting, training, and supervising dedicated volunteers who help abused and neglected youths.

Today is  , which is a great time to get out and support the small businesses in your community. Pictured is Rubber Soul...
11/25/2023

Today is , which is a great time to get out and support the small businesses in your community. Pictured is Rubber Soul Brewing. What is a small business you love? Tag it in the comments and today.

11/23/2023
HARRISBURG – The Dauphin County Commissioners are on track to ensure 2024 is the 19th straight year without a property t...
11/22/2023

HARRISBURG – The Dauphin County Commissioners are on track to ensure 2024 is the 19th straight year without a property tax increase.

The commissioners have drafted a spending plan that holds the line on taxes. Prior to a board vote anticipated Dec. 13, the proposed budget is available for public review at dauphincounty.gov (type “budget” into the search bar on the homepage) and on the fourth floor at 2 S. Second St., Harrisburg.

The general fund budget is anticipated to be roughly $222 million.

“A lot of hard work and careful review has brought us to the point where we can maintain this impressive streak of 19 years without a tax increase,” said Mike Pries, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners.

“We’ve been very focused this year on recruiting and retaining qualified staff to ensure we are providing a high level of service for people visiting our parks, interacting with our court system and more,” Commissioner Chad Saylor said.

“No matter what we have been dealt from the federal and state level, we have been able to lead the way to provide essential services to residents. Our fiscal responsibility has allowed us to be nimble and creative in how our tax dollars are spent without compromising the high level of service that our residents rely on,” Commissioner George P. Hartwick III said.

The property tax rate for county services is 6.88 mills, with a mill representing $1 for every $1,000 of assessed property value, which differs from appraised property value.

This morning, The City of Harrisburg PA announced a perfect score in the Municipality Equality Index. Representatives fr...
11/21/2023

This morning, The City of Harrisburg PA announced a perfect score in the Municipality Equality Index. Representatives from Visit Hershey & Harrisburg say this will help them when recruiting large-scale events to boost the region's economy.

The City of Harrisburg notched a perfect score in LGBTQ+ equality in the Human Rights Campaign's annual Municipality Equality Index.

Crews at Central Pennsylvania Food Bank have been busy packing nutritious, nourishing food for the MilitaryShare program...
11/20/2023

Crews at Central Pennsylvania Food Bank have been busy packing nutritious, nourishing food for the MilitaryShare program. Today, Gov. Josh Shapiro pitched in to ready boxes that are distributed to veterans and their families at 28 sites in central Pennsylvania. (w/ Office of the Governor of Pennsylvania)

Excellent group of interns!
11/17/2023

Excellent group of interns!

Our Dauphin County, PA cooperative education Computer Networking Technology interns were able to present the County Commissioners with DC - Tech Skills USA t-shirts this week. Thanks Dauphin County, PA for your donation and support of our school. We are also proud for the support of SkillsUSA Pennsylvania and SkillsUSA

Dauphin County residents can recycle tires (for free!) from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. today and tomorrow (Thursday and Frid...
11/16/2023

Dauphin County residents can recycle tires (for free!) from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. today and tomorrow (Thursday and Friday) at 1625 S. Cameron St., Harrisburg.

Our thanks to Jake Reyes - WGAL News 8 for highlighting the initiative.

Congratulations to Bonnie Kent from Northern Dauphin Human Services Center on her award presented today by Pennsylvania ...
11/16/2023

Congratulations to Bonnie Kent from Northern Dauphin Human Services Center on her award presented today by Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health! Bonnie was recognized as the 2023 Community Rural Health Leader of the Year.

Dauphin County is a new affiliate with Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, meaning our solid waste department has additional ac...
11/15/2023

Dauphin County is a new affiliate with Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, meaning our solid waste department has additional access to tools and resources that will inspire positive change for a cleaner county.

(November 14, 2023) America Recycles Day (ARD), a program of Keep America Beautiful, is held on and around November 15 to educate and encourage individuals to […]

Meadow Lane in Conewago Township had crumbled so much that sections narrowed to a single lane. A Dauphin County Infrastr...
11/14/2023

Meadow Lane in Conewago Township had crumbled so much that sections narrowed to a single lane. A Dauphin County Infrastructure Bank loan allowed the township supervisors to remedy that problem between Schoolhouse and Colebrook roads. This is government that works!

-Commissioner Chad Saylor has issued the following statement.-The county commissioner election is close, but the outcome...
11/13/2023

-Commissioner Chad Saylor has issued the following statement.-

The county commissioner election is close, but the outcome is now clear. I congratulate Justin Douglas on his victory and wish him all the best as he becomes the new Dauphin County Commissioner in January.

Serving in county government has been the most rewarding experience of my career...so far. I am so very thankful to the county employees. Their hard work and dedication made my job all the easier. And I am honored to have served beside an outstanding team of county row officers and judges whose deep commitment to public service was inspiring.

Also, I want to congratulate my right hand, Scott Burford, on his election to York County Commissioner. Dauphin County’s loss is York’s gain.

Most of all, I am grateful to have had the privilege to serve with Jeff Haste, Nick DiFrancesco, Mike Pries and George Hartwick. Each set a standard of leadership and bipartisan cooperation that is the envy of other counties across the state and has produced outstanding results here in Dauphin County over the last two decades. You guys are the best.

I never thought my career path would lead to the Dauphin County Courthouse. But God opened the door. Although my heart aches as this door closes, I am excited to see what He has in store next.

For the time that remains in my term, I will turn my attention to the important work at hand – adopting a county budget.

Finally, Kris and I would like to express our most heartfelt gratitude for the many friends and supporters who have reached out to us with messages of love and support. Your kind words mean so much to us. Thank you.

Onward.

As mentioned in Ali Lanyon's story from abc27 News, the county's innovative Whole Home Repairs Program is a great start ...
11/13/2023

As mentioned in Ali Lanyon's story from abc27 News, the county's innovative Whole Home Repairs Program is a great start to making seniors' homes more livable. However, it needs additional state or federal funding to be sustained.

Portia Bolen-Geter loves her century-old home on North 15th Street in Harrisburg. “I’ve lived in Harrisburg my whole life,” she said. “I’ve lived in my home for 34 yea…

Are you slogging through the workweek and daydreaming about retirement? U.S. News and World Report has ranked Dauphin Co...
11/09/2023

Are you slogging through the workweek and daydreaming about retirement? U.S. News and World Report has ranked Dauphin County as the best place to retire in the country!

If you're looking to retire soon, these cities offer the best mix of affordability, health care, desirability, job prospects and more.

11/06/2023

ICYMI: The City of Harrisburg PA created a video about Operation Green Light for Veterans, which encourages everyone to recognize military service in the lead-up to Veterans Day by shining a green light.

Commissioners Mike Pries, Chad Saylor and George P. Hartwick III helped RCCG - Living Spring, Harrisburg celebrate its 2...
11/06/2023

Commissioners Mike Pries, Chad Saylor and George P. Hartwick III helped RCCG - Living Spring, Harrisburg celebrate its 20th year of ministry this weekend. Started Nov. 2, 2003, RCCG Living Spring Harrisburg Church has grown from eight members to more than 500 congregants who hail from a whopping THIRTY-FOUR nations!

The county commissioners, who host two veterans breakfasts of their own each year, have been joining our state represent...
11/05/2023

The county commissioners, who host two veterans breakfasts of their own each year, have been joining our state representatives and state senators at a series of veterans events in Dauphin County as we approach Veterans Day. On Friday, the commissioners spoke at the breakfast hosted by PA State Rep. Tom Mehaffie.

Construction is underway on the region's first regulation cricket pitch, which will open in the spring at Lingle Park in...
11/04/2023

Construction is underway on the region's first regulation cricket pitch, which will open in the spring at Lingle Park in Lower Paxton Township. Members of the local Bhutanese community advocated for the pitch so that matches can be scheduled.

The cricket pitch will be a 110-foot-long and 12-foot-wide strip of poured concrete covered by turf in the center of a larger circle.

James and Angelica are among the personnel welcoming career-seekers to the Job Fair happening today (Friday) until 8 p.m...
11/03/2023

James and Angelica are among the personnel welcoming career-seekers to the Job Fair happening today (Friday) until 8 p.m. at Camp Curtin YMCA.

The Dauphin County Infrastructure Bank allowed Vartan Group Inc. to complete the public roads for Susquehanna Union Gree...
11/03/2023

The Dauphin County Infrastructure Bank allowed Vartan Group Inc. to complete the public roads for Susquehanna Union Green, improving traffic patterns in two busy and vital corridors – Linglestown Road (PA-39) and North Progress Avenue (PA-3015).

The $5.8 million, low-interest loan allowed for cohesive, public roads that are easily navigable for motorists and bicyclists, while also being quite walkable for pedestrians.

Created in 2013, the Dauphin County Infrastructure Bank (DCIB) was the first of its kind in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The DCIB offers low-interest revolving loans to municipalities or private companies for infrastructure.

Initially funded with $1 million of surplus liquid fuels money, it has grown into a loan fund of $30 million with a track record of 27 successful projects all throughout Dauphin County. The program has been expanded to include other revenue streams and infrastructure types.

Tonight, Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Deputy Adjutant General Maureen Weigl gave the word to...
11/03/2023

Tonight, Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Deputy Adjutant General Maureen Weigl gave the word to light City Of Harrisburg Pa bridges green for Operation Green Light for Veterans. You can participate in Operation Green Light for Veterans at home by putting a green lightbulb in a porch light or other visible location in this National Association of Counties initiative. Join us in shining a green light in the lead-up to Veterans Day.

Special thanks to the Dauphin County Veterans Honor Guard for participating in this evening's event.

11/02/2023

Hummelstown is 𝑡ℎ𝑒 place for mom-and-pop stores and restaurants. It also has a number of very well-attended festivals.

The county commissioners awarded Hummelstown Borough $20,000 in tourism grant funding (generated from hotel tax revenue) to promote all the great things the community has to offer. Truly, Hummelstown is Happening!

We have welcome news for commuters on Route 39 in Lower Paxton Township and Susquehanna Township - Dauphin County, PA. T...
11/01/2023

We have welcome news for commuters on Route 39 in Lower Paxton Township and Susquehanna Township - Dauphin County, PA. Technology developed in Pittsburgh will be deployed for 12 traffic signals (between Fargreen and Patton roads) to adjust the flow of traffic during peak-use times.
🚦Artificial intelligence will identify vehicles as they approach an intersection, calculate the speed of the vehicles and monitor their trajectory, and adjust the traffic lights' timing accordingly.
🚦The system has special sensors for ambulances, firetrucks and police cars.
🚦The system can recognize bicyclists and pedestrians, including those who use wheelchairs.
Are you one of the 18,000 motorists who uses this stretch of road each day? Watch for upgrades to be in place by May 2025.

Are you searching for a job? We're hosting a job fair in partnership with Camp Curtin YMCA. We look forward to seeing yo...
11/01/2023

Are you searching for a job? We're hosting a job fair in partnership with Camp Curtin YMCA. We look forward to seeing you there!

Dauphin County has 191,559 registered voters, all of whom have until 5 p.m. today to apply for a mail ballot. Use the li...
10/31/2023

Dauphin County has 191,559 registered voters, all of whom have until 5 p.m. today to apply for a mail ballot. Use the link below to learn more about the process. ⬇️

5 p.m. TODAY, Oct. 31 is the deadline to apply for a mail ballot for the Nov. 7 municipal election: vote.pa.gov/ApplyMailBallot

Open enrollment for Medicare continues through Dec. 7. Explore your options at medicare.gov or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-80...
10/27/2023

Open enrollment for Medicare continues through Dec. 7. Explore your options at medicare.gov or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). Yesterday, Commissioner George P. Hartwick III joined Lt. Governor Austin Davis, The City of Harrisburg PA Mayor Wanda Williams and others to highlight services available to seniors.

We're so grateful for all Estamos Unidos de Pennsylvania does for the fast-growing Hispanic-Latino segment of our state'...
10/26/2023

We're so grateful for all Estamos Unidos de Pennsylvania does for the fast-growing Hispanic-Latino segment of our state's population. Yesterday, the group presented Commissioners Mike Pries, Chad Saylor and George P. Hartwick III with an award.

Private-public partnerships like the one playing out in Penbrook are an effective way to get things done! The Dauphin Co...
10/25/2023

Private-public partnerships like the one playing out in Penbrook are an effective way to get things done! The Dauphin County Land Bank Authority purchased 2701 Herr Street from the IRS tax auction list in 2022 when the industrial building was an eyesore and nuisance property. Demolition has now made way for developer Herr Street Partners (with Jonathan Bowser pictured here) to start building flexible office-warehouse space.

Commissioners Mike Pries, Chad Saylor and George P. Hartwick III met with Bowser and Penbrook Mayor John McDonald yesterday.

Royalton Borough Authority broke ground today for a new pump station that will reduce the risk of sewer overflows, keepi...
10/25/2023

Royalton Borough Authority broke ground today for a new pump station that will reduce the risk of sewer overflows, keeping the surrounding environment and local watersheds clean. This is an important step to ensure the reliability and longevity of Dauphin County infrastructure. Work will continue through May 2024.

Want to have a tangible impact on families? Visit betheonedauphin.org to learn more about how you can help.Local 21 CBS ...
10/24/2023

Want to have a tangible impact on families? Visit betheonedauphin.org to learn more about how you can help.
Local 21 CBS News, WHP Harrisburg reported on staffing shortages across Pennsylvania in Children & Youth Services.

https://local21news.com/news/project-pa/staffing-shortages-at-county-children-and-youth-services-are-having-a-large-impact-on-the-system #

In the child welfare system, county caseworkers and service providers work as a team.However, county agencies experiencing staffing shortages can have an impact

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