Role of the County Controller

You may be wondering what the function and responsibilities of the Controller and his / her office are.

Per Pennsylvania’s County Code, Title 16 briefly states and establishes the responsibilities and authority of the County Controller. The Controller supervises “the fiscal affairs of the county including the accounts and official acts relating thereto of all officers or other persons who shall collect, receive, hold or disburse the public monies of the county.”

In other words, the Controller serves as the top fiscal watchdog of the County. The Controller provides oversight for Lancaster County and the Lancaster County taxpayer's money.

There are six different units within the office:

Financial Systems

Internal Audit

Accounts Payable


General Accounting


Each of these units has an important role in the Controller's ability to monitor the usage of taxpayer dollars, grants,...etc. in an efficient, fiscally sound way.

The Controller also serves as a member of the Retirement Board, Salary Board, and Prison Board.

The office is located on the 7th floor of the County Government Center, 150 N. Queen Street in Lancaster City.

This is a county wide elected office with a four-year term.

For more information on the Controller's Office, or other County of Lancaster Offices, please visit the County of Lancaster website at

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