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PSAECO is an association consisting of representatives from all Pennsylvania statewide county row office associations. PSAECO works collaboratively with the General Assembly, the Governor’s office and the judiciary to pursue policy objectives beneficial to the citizens of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties.


Founded in 1956, the Pennsylvania State Association of Elected County Officials (PSAECO) originally met at the Dauphin County Courthouse, and meetings were moved to Room 633 of the Capital Building in 1974.  In April 1985, PSAECO meetings were convened in the Senate Minority Caucus Room until December 1997 when meetings were moved to the Senate Majority Caucus Room.

Each December since 1966, PSAECO holds an annual Legislative Dinner with the Local Government Commission.  The first Legislative dinner was held at Inn 22 until it closed in 1992.  The dinner has also been held at the Tuesday Club, the Harrisburg Hilton, and the Crowne Plaza.  In December 2018 a new location was selected at the Greystone Public House in Dauphin County.

Some notable long-serving PSAECO delegates:

  • Merle Wood, Erie County Coroner, served for 28 years

  • Ed Brady, Fayette County Prothonotary and Clerk of Courts Association, served for 25 years

  • Doug Hill, Executive Director for the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania, began his 38th year of service to PSACEO in 2019


  • Act as liaison between state organizations and the General Assembly

  • Assist in creating a more effective and efficient government

  • Open lines of communication in government

  • Achieve uniformity and cooperation in government at all levels

  • Work with the Local Government Commission and Local Government Committees in the House and Senate to promote legislation that will enhance the function of government

  • To serve local government by representing its interests before the legislature