York County administrator retires after 7 years of service

Matt Enright
York Dispatch

After seven years, York County's administrator and chief clerk is retiring.

"My wife and I bought a small farm, (an) old farmhouse that needs fixing up, so we're going to be working on that," said Mark Derr, whose last day is July 15.

Although Derr said he didn't want a big production for his retirement, Wednesday's York County Commissioners meeting was filled with well-wishers.

"You've been an expert in so many areas that have helped us," Commissioner Doug Hoke, who helped hire Derr, said. "You always told us what we were supposed to hear, not what we wanted to hear, and I always respected you for that." 

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Commissioner Ron Smith said Derr helped make his first days on the board in 2019 easier.

"You're a straight shooter, you tell it like it is," he said. "You don't play politics, you got the job done, you answered tough questions when they needed to be answered. You told us what we needed to know and not what we wanted to hear and, for that, my friend, we can't thank you enough." 

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During his time as administrator and chief clerk, Derr oversaw projects like the sale of Pleasant Acres Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in 2018 and the construction of the new York County morgue at the site of York County Prison.

"He will be missed," President Commissioner Julie Wheeler said, adding that Derr's duties will be split among a number of employees going for.

York County Administrator and Chief Clerk Mark Derr. Derr is retiring as of July 15 after seven years working for York County.

Derr said he was most proud of his work building the county's capital reserve fund and creating a long-term financial plan.

"I enjoyed the work here," he said. "I met a lot of good people, good department heads. I wish the county well." 

— Reach Matt Enright via email at menright@yorkdispatch.com or via Twitter at @Matthew_Enright.