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The Commissioners of Snyder County
Snyder County

Snyder County Board of Commissioners
P.O. Box 217
9 West Market Street
Middleburg, PA 17842

Phone: (570) 837-4207
Fax:     (570) 837-4282

 The commissioners manage the execution of state and federally mandated programs.

Joseph E. Kantz


Malcolm L. Derk III

Vice Chairman

Peggy Chamberlain Roup


The Commissioners work closely with the County's Elected Officials and approve annual budgets for all county departments.  The following offices are managed by independant elected officials:

  • District Attorney
  • Snyder County Courts
  • Jury Commissioners
  • Prothonotary
  • Register and Recorder
  • Sheriff
  • Treasurer

Some of the departments they supervise are:

  • Elections
  • Domestic Relations
  • Elections
  • Emergency Services
  • Maintenance of County Buildings and Bridges
  • Planning & Development
  • Probation Department
  • Snyder County Prison
  • Tax Assessment & Administration
  • Veterans' Affairs

They serve on various boards including:

  • Salary Board
  • Prison Board
  • Retirement Board
  • Elections Board

In addition, the commissioners make many public appearances and are involved in numerous government projects and community activites.

 Joseph E. Kantz, Chairman

Joseph E. KantzA Snyder County native, Joe is a graduate of Susquehanna university.  A strong advocate for community service, he has served on boards of various organizations including the American red Cross.  During his college years, as a member of the entertainment group Re-Creation, he visited veteran's hospitals in 43 states.  In his youth he was an Eagle Scout.  With deep roots in Snyder County, he believes strong families build strong communities.  Joe and his family live on land originally farmed by his grandparents.

 Malcolm L. Derk III, Vice Chairman

Malcolm L. Derk IIIMalcolm Derk is a graduate of Susquehanna University with a degree in Political Science and Religion. Derk is currently serving in his second term as Commissioner, being elected in 2007 and 2011. Prior to serving as Commissioner, Derk worked for his alma mater, Susquehanna University, in the Business Services Office and University Relations. Derk served on Freeburg Borough Council for six years and president of council in 2006 and 2007. Derk serves as Chairman of the Snyder County Prison Board, President of the SEDA-COG Board of Directors, member of the Local Elected Officials Board of the Central PA Workforce Development Corporation, and volunteers on the Board of the Susquehanna Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Malcolm and his wife currently reside in Freeburg with their son.

 Peggy Chamberlain Roup, Secretary

Peggy Chamberlain RoupThe first woman Commissioner in Snyder County history, Peggy Chamberlain Roup was appointed to a vacancy in the office by the court in 2010. She won election to full terms in office in 2011 and 2014. Prior to her service as a Commissioner, Peggy was a well-known radio personality in the Susquehanna Valley.
A native of Sunbury, Peggy began her public service after graduation from Shikellamy High School as an aide to State Representative and later State Senator Franklin Kury. Her award-winning radio career then spanned parts of three decades. As a Commissioner, Peggy serves on the boards of the Union-Snyder Agency on Aging, the four-county CMSU human services agency, and the Union-Snyder Community Action Agency Board. She also serves on the Community Board of the Snyder County Coalition for Kids, and volunteers in various other community programs. In these capacities, Peggy places the highest priority on services to support the oldest, youngest and most vulnerable people of our community.
She lives near Selinsgrove with her husband and two rescued mostly-Labrador Retrievers. She is the mother of two grown children and has a grandson.