Serving as Dauphin County Commissioner since 2010, Mike Pries oversees a $335 million budget and over 1,700 employees as well as the county’s Department of Community and Economic Development, Safety and Security, Veterans Affairs, Facility Maintenance, Waste Management and Recycling, Domestic Relations, the Prison, Judicial Center, Registration and Elections, the Emergency Management Agency and the Dauphin County Library System. For the past 13 years, Dauphin County has passed balanced budgets without raising property taxes.
Prior to serving as County Commissioner, Mike was the Director of Safety and Security for Dauphin County for over a decade. Responsible for the safety and security of county offices, employees and the public, Mike instituted numerous security enhancements and training programs.
Additionally, for five years, Mike served as Derry Township Supervisor and Board Chairman. In that role, he oversaw a $20 million budget and provided residents excellent public services while holding the line on taxes.
As Chairman of the Derry Township Industrial and Commercial Development Authority, Mike played a key role in the development of the GIANT Center, home of the Hershey Bears and a popular concert venue.
Mike Pries has been recognized for his work on economic development having received the Pennsylvania Economic Development Association’s President’s Award and the National Association of Counties’ 2014 Achievement Award in the category of Community/Economic Development.
He also served as the Chairman of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania’s Economic Development Committee.
In Mike’s decades in public service, he has never raised taxes.
Mike Pries is a devoted husband to his wife, Angela. He has two sons, Carter and Will. Carter currently serves in the United States Marine Corps Reserves and is based out of the Lehigh Valley. They are active members of the Saint Joan of Arc Catholic Church.
A devoted community volunteer, Mike 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.
Mike volunteers for 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.
He coaches little league baseball and was honored with the Jeffrey Hahn Coaching Leadership Award from the Hershey Little League Board.
Mike Pries has also been recognized by the Harrisburg Riverboat Society with their Award for Distinguished Community Service, and the Harrisburg Young Professionals receiving the President’s Award, highlighting his significant impact on the Harrisburg community.
Mike Pries holds a bachelor’s degree in Administration of Justice from Penn State University, and he is a graduate of Hershey High School.