Chris Exarchos

Chris Exarchos

For Commissioner

Chris Exarchos (Ex-ar-kos) has a passion for public service and for effective affordable government. His diverse background as a businessman, scientist, elected official, husband, father, and grandfather makes him an ideal candidate for County Commissioner.

Chris is a businessman: Chris and his wife, Diane, founded and operated a successful small business for 29 years (The Victorian Manor Restaurant). As a small businessman, Chris understands the impact of government regulations and taxation. He knows what it takes to encourage economic development and a business-friendly environment. Chris has worked with staff, elected officials and the Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County (CBICC) to encourage economic development.

Chris is a scientist: His formal education includes a Ph.D. in geochemistry from Penn State. As a scientist, he understands complex environmental issues and the importance of protecting our environment.

Chris is a proven leader and public servant: Involved in public service for over 35 years, Chris has served on numerous authorities, boards and commissions. He served on the College Township Council for eight years, two of them as Chairman. He also served for four years as Chairman of the Centre County Board of Commissioners. During his tenure, Chris guided Centre County through five major capital projects without raising your taxes.

Chris is a husband, father and grandfather: Parents to two sons, Chris and his wife, Diane, live in the historic village of Lemont. Chris enjoys hunting, fishing and relaxing at the family farm in Marion Township.

Service

Public Service:

  • Appointed to the College Township Zoning Hearing Board in 1980
  • Served as Chairman of the Board from 1982 to 1984.
  • Elected in 1994 and served two terms (1994-02) on the College Township Council
  • College Township Council Chairman in 1996 and 2001
  • Served on the Centre Region Council of Governments (COG)
  • Chaired the COG Finance Committee from 1997 to 2001
  • Elected (2004-07) to the Centre County Board of Commissioners (Chairman)
  • Re-Elected Centre County Commissioner 2012-2015 (Vice-Chairman)
  • Chairman Prison Board
  • Chairman Finance Committee
  • Chairman of SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG) 2015

Chris has extensive experience in local government, especially in budgeting. He controlled government spending. Some notable achievements during his leadership in local government include:

  • Guided Centre County four years without a tax increase for a record of seven consecutive years
  • Guided College Township seven consecutive years without a tax increase
  • Rescinded the unfair Occupational Assessment and Per Capita Taxes (roughly a 10% reduction in local taxes)
  • Reduced township debt by one million dollars
  • Rescued a troubled water system, improving it to a point that, today, water is available to other municipalities
  • Reached an agreement with Penn State on a fair payment of impact fees to the Township

As Chairman of the Centre Region COG’s Finance Committee, Chris was instrumental in:

  • Maintaining a constant level of municipal contributions to COG while providing a good level of regional services
  • Developing an equitable COG formula for municipal contributions
  • Developing a funding formula for regional capital projects