The County Commissioners Association of
Pennsylvania (CCAP) has announced the selection of Lisa Schaefer as the
Association’s new executive director. Schaefer, who has been CCAP’s director of
government relations for nearly nine years, will succeed current executive
director Doug Hill, who earlier this year announced his plans to retire at the
end of 2019.
“Counties in Pennsylvania are fortunate to
begin a new era of leadership with Lisa Schaefer at the helm of CCAP, our
statewide association,” stated CCAP President and Chester County Commissioner
Kathi Cozzone. “Lisa has proven to have the skills, respect and vision to
continue to move counties forward as we work to enhance the lives of residents
As CCAP’s director of government relations,
Schaefer has been instrumental with helping to lead the organization through
numerous issues and enhancements. Prior to coming to CCAP, Schaefer was part of
the government relations staff at the Pennsylvania School Boards Association
and has worked as a staffer in the state Senate. She holds a bachelor’s degree
in English from Lebanon Valley College and a Master of Public Administration
from Shippensburg University, and also is a Certified Public Manager.
Schaefer stated, “It is a privilege to
represent Pennsylvania’s 67 counties and to support the work our county
officials do on behalf of their residents every day. I am honored to now have
the opportunity to lead this incredible organization, which, because of Doug
Hill’s leadership, has a foundation for an exciting future.”
Schaefer will assume the title of acting
executive director appointee on September 1, then transition to executive
director on December 1. Doug Hill will assume emeritus status after that until
his retirement on December 31, 2019. Hill leaves with nearly 36 years of
service as CCAP’s executive director.
1886, CCAP is the voice of county government; a statewide nonprofit,
nonpartisan association representing all 67 counties in Pennsylvania. CCAP
members include county commissioners, council members, county executives,
administrators, chief clerks and solicitors. The Association strengthens
counties’ abilities to govern their own affairs, and advocates for favorable state
and federal legislation, programs and policies on behalf of counties. CCAP also
is committed to service excellence through education, information, insurance,
technology and other programs that support effective county government.
County governments are responsible for a wide variety of critical services,
including provision of human services (mental health, intellectual
disabilities, juvenile justice, children and youth, long-term care, drug and
alcohol services, housing) to people in need in our communities. In addition,
counties are responsible for emergency management and 911 services,
administration of the courts and corrections system, elections, maintenance of
county bridges, and the county property assessment rolls, and also are involved
in environmental and land use planning, protection of open space and community
and economic development.
CCAP is an affiliate of the National Association of Counties. For more
information about Pennsylvania counties and CCAP, log on to www.pacounties.org and follow @PACountiesGR on Twitter.