"Violent crime rates are not as high in Schuylkill County as compared to larger metropolitan areas."- Glen Dove, City of Pottsville Police Dept.
"Schuylkill County has 122 volunteer fire companies." - Frank Zanghari, Schuylkill County Volunteer Firefighters Association
The Schuylkill County Court House overlooks downtown Pottsville, the county seat. Built in 1889, the impressive landmark is quick to catch the eye of any visitor to the city.
Being a large rural county, Schuylkill County has a multiplicity of government units that starts with the Schuylkill County Commissioners and includes the City of Pottsville, 30 boroughs and 36 townships.
Schuylkill County is governed by a three-person Board of Commissioners and is professionally managed with services ranging from child welfare for disadvantaged youth to the operation of Rest Haven, the county nursing home for the aged. The County budget totals $139,000,000.
The City of Pottsville - is rated as a Class 3 City and is managed by a four-person council, each responsible for a different component of municipal service. The mayor is in charge of a 32-person police force.
The county's 30 boroughs are managed by a council and the 36 townships are managed by a board of supervisors.
Fire and ambulance services are delivered by dedicated and well-trained volunteers. Ambulance volunteers are certified asEmergency Medical Technicians. Fire volunteers are trained at the county's fire training complex near Frackville, which is considered to be one of the premier fire training sites in Pennsylvania.
Schuylkill County boasts one of the lowest crime rates in the nation and an enhanced E-911 emergency system that is housed in a state-of-the-art facility in Pottsville. All personnel within the E-911 center are certified. This consolidated dispatch system answers calls for 122 volunteer fire companies, 43 police departments and 29 advanced life support and basic life support ambulance services.
Also located in the Office of Public Safety is the Schuylkill County Emergency Management Agency (SCEMA). All emergency management personnel are certified.
Police services in Schuylkill County are provided by Pennsylvania Certified Law Enforcement Officers supported by the Pennsylvania State Police.
As Schuylkill County looks toward the future, a mutual respect and cooperation between government officials at all levels is blended with an active participation in government planning by the private sector.
As we look toward the future, Schuylkill County finds itself with working partnerships of government, business, education and community organizations, all coming together to make Schuylkill County the best place it can be.