Date Posted:Tuesday, August 20, 2019

CCAP Announces Schaefer as New Executive Director


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 throughout Pennsylvania.”

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. 


Founded in 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 and follow @PACountiesGR on Twitter.​