Controller’s Office

Function and Responsibilities of the County Controller


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.”  The Lancaster County Controller's Office mission statement is located here.

The Controller is responsible for carrying out the fiscal affairs of Lancaster County through six departmental units:

→ General Accounting

→ Internal Audit

→ Accounts Payable

→ Financial Systems

→ Payroll

→ Retirement

Through the six aforementioned departmental units, the Controller is able to be the top fiscal watchdog and provide oversight for Lancaster County and the monies of the Lancaster County taxpayers.

The Controller is also a member of the County’s Salary Board, secretary of the Prison Board, and secretary of the Retirement Board.

​Fraud, Waste & Abuse Hotline



The County of Lancaster Fraud, Waste & Abuse Hotline is operated by the Lancaster County Controller.  The purpose of this hotline is to allow anyone to report in confidence, information regarding any fraud, waste or abuse having to do with County of Lancaster assets.  To anonymously report fraud, waste or abuse, click here.