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Structure of Government
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Manheim Township operates under the council-manager form of government.  The Township is governed by a five member Board of Commissioners.  The members of the Board are elected at large by the voters to serve overlapping terms of four years. The Board of Commissioners is the Township's legislative body responsible for the overall policies and direction of the Township, enacting ordinances and resolutions within the guidelines of the Pennsylvania First Class Township Code and other state and federal laws and mandates.

The Board also appoints the Township Manager-Secretary, who serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Township and who is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operation of the Township and its departments.

Operating Budget

The Township's organization has ten specialized departments, all headed by experienced career professionals selected by the Township Manager and Board of Commissioners on the basis of merit and ability to perform the required responsibilities.

These departments provide an extensive array of services to Township residents and businesses including:

  • public works
  • police services
  • fire protection and emergency management
  • administration
  • finance
  • code compliance
  • planning and zoning
  • recreation
  • library services
  • golf service (Golf Enterprise Fund)

Boards and Commissions

The Board of Commissioners also creates a variety of other Boards and Commissions to assist it with its legal and legislative responsibilities.  Other Boards are created with specific decision making authority on Township matters and/or to operate to meet specific requirements of Pennsylvania law.  Each Board and Commission has a unique role and is served by volunteer residents of Manheim Township.  

More detailed information about Township boards and commissions, departmental operations, budgeting and departmental missions and information is available on the website.  Please click on the separate links for more information.


Manheim Township • 1840 Municipal Drive • Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17601 • 717-569-6408
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