Eric Papenfuse | Mayor
The Mayor is the Chief Executive Officer of Harrisburg’s government. The Mayor is an elected official, is full-time, and is the sole appointing authority of all department and office directors and Mayor’s Office staff.
The Honorable Eric Papenfuse took the oath of office as the Mayor of the City of Harrisburg on Jan. 6, 2014 in a simple ceremony in the MLK Government Center, leading a movement to revitalize the city’s economy and restore trust in government.
A successful businessman, Papenfuse was elected on a platform of uniting the residents of Harrisburg to work toward the common goal of building a better community through attracting business and investment, improving education and restoring pride and prosperity to the state capital. With the motto “Together, We Can,” Papenfuse inspired thousands of people to place their confidence in him to lead Harrisburg out of a period of economic and political malaise.
Blight + Beautification
The Papenfuse Administration is committed to working for a revitalization of Harrisburg, restoring trust and competence in city government as well as pride and prosperity to our capital city. The administration was elected on a platform of opposing a rush to bankruptcy, contending it would spell both economic and psychological disaster for the city and its residents. Within the first 100 days of the Papenfuse Administration, the city emerged from State Receivership and a new atmosphere of hope spread throughout the capital.
Crime + Safety
Mayor Papenfuse believes public safety is one of the most important issues impacting the quality of life in Harrisburg and directly affects the city’s ability to stimulate an economic recovery. He has worked to strengthen the leadership of the Harrisburg Police force, appointing Chief Thomas Carter to lead the Police Department and moving quickly to recruit new police officers and promote experienced officers to leadership positions.
Education + Youth
Harrisburg schools are in crisis and much more needs to be done to ensure youth in our city receive a quality education. The Papenfuse Administration sees education as another vital component of Harrisburg’s economic recovery. The Mayor is determined to advocate for parents and to insist on the best possible schools for Harrisburg youth.