New County Administrator Appointed

York County Commissioners Steve Chronister, Doug Hoke and Chris Reilly today announced the appointment of Mark Derr as the new County Administrator.

Derr, 55, will replace former Administrator Chuck Noll, who retired at the beginning of 2014 but has continued to assist on a part-time basis managing the County’s finances.

“Mark’s diverse background in public administration, finance and information technology makes him an excellent fit for the job,” said MarkDerrPresident Commissioner Steve Chronister. “Plus, he’s a longtime York County resident who understands our community.”

As administrator, Derr will serve as the County’s highest-ranking manager, reporting directly to the Board of Commissioners. He will be responsible for the day-to-day oversight of departments under the Commissioners’ purview, subject to the Commissioners’ policy and administrative decisions.

He will also be responsible for managing the County’s finances, including the preparation and presentation of the County’s annual budget. The 2015 budget totals $487.2 million.

“The County has a reputation for its strong fiscal management and commitment to delivering quality services to the community,” Derr said. “I look forward to continuing that tradition in collaboration with the Commissioners and staff.”

Derr is currently serving as the manager of North Codorus Township. Before that, he was the regional service group manager of financial services for HRG, Inc., the manager of York Township, an information technology consultant and revenue officer for the City of York.

“Serving as administrator requires a strong educational background, excellent financial skills and superior interpersonal skills,” said Vice President Commissioner Doug Hoke. “It was clear throughout the interview process that Mark possesses each of these qualities. We look forward to having him on board.”

Derr said his top priority at the outset of his tenure with the County is to meet with staff and learn more about the functions of each department.

“Mark shares our commitment to serving the community in the most efficient and effective way possible,” said Commissioner Chris Reilly. “His financial skills, proven ability to manage people and forward-thinking mentality will serve him well in this role.”

Derr has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bloomsburg University. He and his wife live in East Manchester Township. They have three grown children.

He will start work on July 20.

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