Meet the Commissioners
Vince DiFilippo, Chairman
Vince was born and raised in the small town of Avondale, Pennsylvania, located in southern Chester County. He is one of four children of the late William S. and Betty Ann DiFilippo. Vince and his wife, Elizabeth, have one daughter, Rebekah. They also have three dogs, Theo, Rudy and Bella.
Vince’s parents and grandparents were farmers. Vince learned early in life the importance of farming and caring for this non-renewable natural resource. Vince graduated high school in 1975 with high honors, and attended Goldey Beacom College where he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.
Vince moved to Central Pennsylvania in 1985 to accept a job at Pennsylvania Blue Shield (now known as Highmark). He has worked in the health insurance industry for over 30 years and recently retired. He moved to Cumberland County in 1988 and has lived in Silver Spring Township since 1998. In his spare time, Vince enjoys spending time with his family. He is an avid golfer and fisherman, and loves the outdoors. He and his wife spend many hours in their garden growing food for themselves and friends. Vince is an avid reader of American History, Cryptozoology, Astronomy and the Bible. He also likes Bluegrass music.
Despite the long hours of farming, Vince’s father was very active in politics in Chester County. His dad was a committee person for the Republican Party and received many awards for his work. Vince was taught the importance of government at a young age. Vince served ten years as a supervisor for Silver Spring Township. Vince also served as chairman of the Cumberland County Agricultural Land Preservation Board for three years and was a member of that Board for eight years. He looks forward to serving the good people of Cumberland County.
Jim Hertzler, Vice Chairman
A veteran of local government service in Cumberland County, Jim was elected to the Board of Commissioners in November 2011 and re-elected to a second term in November 2015. He previously served 22 years as a Township Commissioner in East Pennsboro Township and before that, he served six years as a member of the East Pennsboro School Board. During his tenure as a Township Commissioner, Mr. Hertzler held various positions including service as Vice President of the Board, Police and Fire Commissioner, and served as the Township's delegate to the Capital Region Council of Governments, formerly the West Shore Council of Governments. He is a past President of the Central PA Association of Township Commissioners and a former two-term member of the Governor's Local Government Advisory Committee. In addition to his local service, Mr. Hertzler brings to his County position an extensive understanding of the workings of state government as a former Executive Assistant to the late Senator Mike O'Pake of Berks County.
Married and the father of three grown daughters, Mr. Hertzler is a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Enola; a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 12404; The East Pennsboro Historical Society and the Enola Sportsmen's Association.
Commissioner Hertzler serves as the liaison to the Cumberland County Affordable Housing Trust Fund Board; Cumberland County Aging Advisory Board; Cumberland County Agriculture Land Preservation Board; Cumberland County Conservation District Board; Capital Area Transit Authority (CAT); Capital Region Council of Governments; Harrisburg Area Transportation Study (HATS) Coordinating Committee; and the Cumberland County Redevelopment & Housing Authority Boards. He is also a member of the Outreach Subcommittee of the Cumberland/York Area Local Defense Group which is formed to promote retention and enhancement of the area's military facilities.
Additionally, Commissioner Hertzler, a proponent of responsible state action to relieve the homeowner property tax burden through reform of the local government finance system, is the vice chair of the Assessment & Taxation Committee of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP).
In 2015, Hertzler was appointed by the Governor to represent all 3rd and 4th class counties in Pennsylvania on the statewide 911 Board, an advisory body with the responsibility of overseeing the distribution of revenues for 911 emergency call and dispatch services and the development of Next Generation 911 technology.
Gary Eichelberger, Secretary
Gary was re-elected to the Board of Commissioners in November 2015 and is currently serving his fourth term in office. He was initially elected to the Board of Commissioners in 2003 and has previously served as Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Board. He has held various positions in the Harrisburg area advertising and marketing organizations and is principal of Ascendant Management Group, a consulting firm for project management. He was Deputy Treasurer for Cumberland County from 1990 to 1996 and Executive Director of the West Shore Council of Governments from 1999 to 2003. Mr. Eichelberger is a member of the Economic Development Committee of the West Shore Chamber of Commerce; Washington, D.C., Chapter of the Institute of Management Consultants; and American Management Association.
Commissioner Eichelberger serves as the liaison to the following boards:
Cumberland County Planning Commission; Cumberland County Recycling & Waste Authority; Cumberland-Perry Mental Health/IDD Board; Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation Executive Committee; and the South-Central Workforce Investment Board. Commissioner Eichelberger also serves as the Chairman of the South Central Caucus of County Commissioners and serves on the Community & Economic Development Committee of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP).
Mr. Eichelberger holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from George Washington University and a Master’s degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. Mr. Eichelberger resides in the Borough of Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County with his wife, Dr. Tracy Schoolcraft.