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History and Purpose 

The Society of County Human Resource Professionals of Pennsylvania (SCHRPP) was formed in 2010 for the purpose of advancing the profession of human resources in Pennsylvania counties improving the professional development of county human resource (HR) personnel and enhancing the services available to county HR personnel. Today, SCHRPP has evolved into the leading organization for counties and county related entities seeking specialized educational resources and training. Currently, SCHRPP boasts a membership of over 160 individuals from 59 Pennsylvania counties and seven county related entities.

Operating human resources in local government is quite different from the private sector. Collective bargaining agreements, elected officials and 24/7 work environments are just a sampling of the unique areas in county government where HR professionals need specific training. Additionally, county HR professionals are focused on employee morale and engagement and are spending countless hours on prevention of burnout caused by heavier workloads and reduced staff and hours. Pertinent education and training opportunities are essential to meeting these challenges.

SCHRPP provides its members with regular webinars covering current trends in labor law and related matters, along with three regional discussion forums held in Eastern, Central, and Western Pennsylvania. Additionally, SCHRPP hosts a two-day conference that addresses both legal and non-legal HR topics. Furthermore, all primary members of SCHRPP (HR directors or chief clerks in counties without dedicated HR directors) receive an annual membership to the national Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM, www.shrm.org). This membership grants access to a wealth of HR-related resources at the local, statewide, and national level.

A significant advantage of county government HR is the collaborate environment where professionals can freely exchange ideas and resources. SCHRPP members are able to network on a daily basis using the CCA HR Listserv, which provides and excellent resource to ask questions, share policies, and job descriptions.

SCHRPP membership is exclusive to Pennsylvania county human resource professionals, county related entities, chief clerks and other personnel in counties without a designated human resource staff. Additionally, Vendor Memberships are available to businesses whose services pertain to the human resources field.  

Our Services

  • Educational opportunities to include an annual conference and quarterly webinars on legal hot topics
  • All-inclusive website for access to industry related resources, sample county policies, information, survey data and more
  • Annual membership in the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) for the SCHRPP Primary Member 
  • Quick call legal and labor law consultation services 
  • Mentorship and resources for new county human resource personnel 
  • Voice at CCAP and at the county level as issues arise that could affect county human resources


SCHRPP is lead by a group of dedicated members and skilled professional staff specializing in association management, government relations, communications, and education. Program objectives are driven by member input, with the Board of Directors and staff responsible for developing and implementing strategies. Grassroots support from the membership further strengthens our efforts.

Board of Directors
2023-2024 Term

Thomas R. Stark
Executive Director

Chrystal McCorkel
Affiliate Services Manager

Goals and Objectives

  • To be the primary source for information and services for Pennsylvania county human resource personnel
  • To provide industry leading conferences, training and resources for county human resource personnel
  • To provide legislative advocacy on human resource and employment related policy
  • To follow the standards of a chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)*

SCHRPP is not a chapter of SHRM. SCHRPP's membership differs from the requirements for a SHRM chapter; however, in an effort to support and promote SHRM, SCHRPP's bylaws model those required for a SHRM chapter.