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  • Mayor Papenfuse Announces New Public Safety Team

    Mayor Papenfuse Announces New Public Safety Team

    Mayor-Elect Eric Papenfuse, who took office Monday in a ceremony at City Hall, announced a new public safety team Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 at the swearing-in ceremony of Thomas Carter as Police Chief of the City of Harrisburg. Derek Moody, a 20-year-veteran of the force, also was sworn in as police captain.At a press conference following the swearing-in, PapenfuseRead more →

  • Mayor Papenfuse Announces Key Staff

    Mayor Papenfuse Announces Key Staff

    Mayor Eric Papenfuse today announced key members of his cabinet at a press conference in the atrium of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Government Center, 10 N. Second St., Harrisburg, PA. Papenfuse said his first appointments include: Neil Grover, City Solicitor Karl Singleton, Senior Advisor for Education and Youth Bruce Weber, Finance Director Aaron Johnson, Director ofRead more →

  • Mayor meets with Family on 12th Street

    Mayor meets with Family on 12th Street

    HARRISBURG – Mayor Eric Papenfuse on Monday visited the families displaced by the collapse of portions of the roof of the abandoned church at 12th and Magnolia Streets, and assured them the city was doing all in its power to help them safely return to their homes.   The City moved to demolish the condemnedRead more →

  • L&I Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services Partners with Local Agencies to Recognize White Cane Safety Day

    News for Immediate Release Oct. 14, 2014 Harrisburg – The Department of Labor & Industry’s (L&I) Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services (BBVS) today partnered with Vision Resources of Central Pennsylvania (VROCP), the PA Council of the Blind (PCB) and the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) to recognize White Cane Safety Day to raise public awarenessRead more →

  • Invitation to Bid- Project Number 2287-14 – Home Improvement Program/Lead I

    “Please be advised that the City of Harrisburg is extending the bid submission due date/time from May 26th 3:00 P.M. to May 27th 3:00 P.M. for Project Number 2287-14-Home Improvement Program/Lead I.”  You can find the bid notice here.Read more →

  • Eric Papenfuse Sworn In As Harrisburg Mayor

    Eric Papenfuse Sworn In As Harrisburg Mayor

    Photo Credit: Pennlive Dan Gleiter | dgleiter@pennlive.com Eric Papenfuse, a Harrisburg businessman and community activist, was sworn in  as Mayor of the City of Harrisburg on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014,  in the lobby of City Hall. The simple swearing-in ceremony was intended to send a strong message to the citizens of Harrisburg and to surrounding communities ofRead more →

  • City of Harrisburg-STREET CLOSURE NOTIFICATION

    CITY OF HARRISBURG – STREET CLOSURE NOTIFICATION Street Name: JAMES ST From: REILY ST To: CALDER ST Date/Time from: 4/10/2014, THURSDAY, 11:00 AM UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE Type of Closure: COMPLETE CLOSURE Closure Info: CONSTRUCTION WORK – UTILITY WORK – CONTRACTOR IS JEM GROUP – JUSTIN WHITE 717-443-9096 Detour Info: USE 3RD STREET OR WILLIAMS STREETRead more →

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About

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.

Election

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.


Biography

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1971 to an elementary-school reading teacher and a state-government archivist, Papenfuse attended Yale University for college and graduate school. He studied American history and government and was the only member of his undergraduate class to earn both Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in four years, summa cum laude. A published author and prize-winning scholar, his teaching and research explore the moral dilemmas of slavery and the fractious national political environment in the years after the American Revolution. 

A former public school teacher, Papenfuse taught Latin at Central Dauphin East and Linglestown Junior High Schools, where he served as chair of the Foreign Language department.


Family

Papenfuse lives in Harrisburg with his wife Cathy and their three children (Clara, 10; Everett age 8, and Chauncey, 4).  He settled in Harrisburg in 1999 after his wife accepted a post as Assistant Professor of History at Messiah College. It was not long after their move to Harrisburg that the couple went into the book business, a decision that has enriched the entire region and led to his eventual election as the city’s mayor.


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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.

Mayor Papenfuse is committed to fiscal responsibility and government accountability as he leads the city out of financial crisis. He has appointment competent and dedicated heads of city government departments and has instituted strong checks and balances to maintain close tabs on spending.
To make Harrisburg strong once again, Mayor Papenfuse has identified four strategic areas to focus attention during his administration. They include:


Crime & Safety

• Mayor Papenfuse believes public safety is one of the most important issues impacting 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.

• Mayor Papenfuse also created a new position of Community Policing Coordinator and appointed David Botero to create a vital link between city residents and the Police Department. Botero works directly with neighbor crime watch groups, interacts with youth in schools and engages the community in improving public safety at the neighborhood level.

• In the first few months of the Papenfuse Administration, officers began walking patrols in neighborhoods and interacting with city residents, especially with youth in schools and in informal settings to facilitate friendly relationships and mutual trust. Many residents noted the increased positive interactions with police in their communities, creating a strong sense of security.

• Harrisburg Police began collaborating with law enforcement agencies in neighboring townships, as well as with county and state police departments to develop strong working relationships police agencies throughout the region.

• Mayor Papenfuse oversaw recruitment of 13 new firefighters in the first 100 days of his administration. The Mayor also worked with the Fire Department to solidify a new contract with significant concessions from the union in a sign of firefighters’ commitment to Harrisburg’s economic recovery.


Education and 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. To assist with maintaining a strong focus on education and youth, the Mayor created a Special Assistant to Education, Youth and Civic Engagement and named respected educator Karl Singleton to the position. The Special Assistant works directly with the Mayor to promote education, facilitate after-school enrichment programs and support mentoring initiatives in the community.

• While the Mayor has no official role in the public school system, Mayor Papenfuse realizes he can help direct resources to improve schools and programs for youth, as well as encourage parents and teachers to push for the highest quality schools for Harrisburg’s next generation of leaders.


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• 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. To assist with maintaining a strong focus on education and youth, the Mayor created a Special Assistant to Education, Youth and Civic Engagement and named respected educator Karl Singleton to the position. The Special Assistant works directly with the Mayor to promote education, facilitate after-school enrichment programs and support mentoring initiatives in the community.

• While the Mayor has no official role in the public school system, Mayor Papenfuse realizes he can help direct resources to improve schools and programs for youth, as well as encourage parents and teachers to push for the highest quality schools for Harrisburg’s next generation of leaders.

If you would like to request a meeting with or schedule an event with Mayor Eric Papenfuse please complete the on-line form we have provided for your convenience. If you are unable to complete the form please send us a written request by mail:

Office of the Mayor
10 North 2nd St.
Harrisburg, PA 17101

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