Government News and Updates

Centre County Government 

March 18, 2020 – The Centre County Board of Commissioners and the President Judge of the Centre County Court of Common Pleas announced limited public access of County buildings and offices in a pre-emptive effort to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

All persons are asked to refrain from visiting County offices. County office are operational and functioning; however, contact with County offices should be conducted via phone, email, and any other virtual platforms to transact essential business.

Department Listings



Adult Services355-6768
MDJ - Bellefonte (49-3-02)
355-6739
Aging355-6716
MDJ - Centre Hall (49-3-04)364-1492
Central Booking548-1186
MDJ - Centre Region (49-2-01)237-4981
Children & Youth Services355-6755
MDJ - Philipsburg (49-3-03)342-4557
Commissioners355-6700
MDJ - State College (49-1-01)231-1420
Conservation District355-6817
MDJ - State College II (49-3-05)861-7406
Controller355-6725
Mental Health – Intellectual Disability – Early Intervention355-6782
Cooperative Extension355-4897
Planning355-6791
Coroner355-6898
Prison355-6794
Court Administration355-6727
Probation355-6771
Criminal Justice Planning355-6921
Prothonotary – Clerk of Courts355-6796
District Attorney355-6735
Public Defender355-6798
Domestic Relations355-6931
Recorder of Deeds355-6801
Drug & Alcohol355-6782
Register of Wills – Clerk of Orphans Court355-6724
Elections355-6703
Risk Management355-6819
Emergency Communications355-6800
Sheriff355-6803
Emergency Management Agency355-6745
Tax Assessment355-6721
Facilities Management355-6815
Tax Claim – Tax Collection355-6805
GIS355-8733
Transportation355-6807
Human Resources355-6748
Treasurer355-6810
Information Technology355-6700
Veterans Affairs355-6812
Juvenile Probation355-6771
Weights and Measures355-8746


Centre County Government

March 22, 2020
COVID-19 Update from County and Court Administrators

As we enter another week of COVID-19 planning and response, we are writing jointly to provide an update and additional guidance on behalf of the Board of Commissioners and the President Judge.

First and foremost, please know that your cooperation, flexibility, and extraordinary efforts to manage through this public health crisis are greatly appreciated. Because Centre County government serves a wide range of different constituencies and many offices must comply with Federal and State statutory and regulatory requirements, it is difficult to issue ‘one size fits all’ guidance. As we navigate our way through these challenges, we have taken into account these differences with your help as best we are able. It is a fast-changing landscape with no immediate end in sight – the days ahead will certainly challenge us all to manage in unprecedented and non-traditional ways.

Read more about public access and continuity of services here.

March 18, 2020

How to access County Resources: Limited building access.  

View the press release regarding limited building access (PDF)

Administrative Order 49th Judicial District - Actions Pursuant to Declaration of Judicial Emergency

The Court has issued its Declaration of Judicial Emergency to address the current and expanding outbreak of COVID-19 infections in Pennsylvania, the anticipated expansion of that outbreak into the 49th Judicial District, and the need to prevent or at least minimize the spread of COVID-9 within the County.

View the Administrative Order in effect until April 14, 2020 or termination by the Court.

Prothonotary & Clerk of Courts

March 17, 2020

Judicial Emergency Response

The Centre County Court of Common Pleas has declared a judicial emergency until April 14, 2020.

View adopted policies and/or restrictions.

March 16, 2020

Closures of County Senior Centers and Cancellation of Visits at County Correctional Facility

    • Pursuant to Governor Tom Wolf’s statewide order, all County Senior Centers and the Centre Region Active Adult Center are closed for two weeks beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020.  Any question related to Senior Center closures please call (814) 355-6716.
    • The Centre County Correctional Facility has implemented a suspension of all visitors, volunteers, programs within the facility, and programs that utilize the Community Room. This suspension is for two (2) weeks. We will actively monitor the situation and revisit the suspension in two weeks. Any question related to visitation at the Correctional Facility please call (814) 355-6794.

March 15, 2020

Maintaining Essential County Services while Reducing the Spread of COVID-19

County Administrator Margaret Gray announced several additional measures and provided updates regarding the County’s efforts to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

    • COVID-19 Leave Policy for County Government employees
    • Closing County Building meeting rooms to outside groups effective immediately and until further notice
    • Deployment of expanded virtual meeting and teleconferencing capabilities
    • Encouragement of reducing the number of visitors to County Buildings (increasing telephone and email constituent services). Where not possible, increased disinfecting of public areas.
    • Reduction of employees in County Buildings through working from home and, where not possible, rotation of employees.
    • Continued augmentation of County’s COOP (Continuity of Operations Plan)

Read the full March 15, 2020 update here.

March 14, 2020

Declaration of Disaster Emergency

Read the full March 14. 2020 update here.

March 13, 2020

Limiting County Employee Travel and In-Person Meetings

    • No out-of-county travel for official County business unless determined to be mission critical. 
    • Postpone hosting or participating in large meetings (12+ participants), conferences, training, or community events unless approved in advance.

Read the full March 13, 2020 update here. 

March 9, 2020

Update to County Employees on COVID-19

    • Creation of Centre County Government COVID-19 Planning Team
    • Update on "disinfecting sweeps" of all common areas, restrooms, and offices in County Buildings
    • Deployment of Hand sanitizing stations in County Buildings
    • Collecting, reporting, and tracking of data regarding the number of employees absent due to flu-like symptoms
    • Additional ordering of cleaning supplies and tracking of usage levels
    • Inclusion of CDC and PA Department of Health resources on County website

Read the full March 9, 2020 update here.