Blair County Commissioners


Commissioner Tomassetti, Erb and Beam sitting at a table infront of the County Seal and the American flag
County Commissioners (Left to Right) Terry Tomassetti, Vice-Chairman; Bruce R. Erb, Chairman; Ted A. Beam, Jr., Secretary.

Each County Commissioner is the contact for specific County offices and departments. To identify the Commissioner you want to talk to, please refer to the office contact lists below:



Bruce R. Erb, Biography

Commissioner Erb is serving the residents of Blair County as Chairman of the Board of Commissioners in his first term on the board. A lifelong resident of Hollidaysburg, Commissioner Erb retired as the Sr. Vice President and Director of Trust Services of First National Bank after 32 years of experience. A Juniata College graduate, he is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP©), Certified Trust and Financial Advisor and a graduate of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania Academy for Excellence in County Government. Erb and his wife, Cathy, together have four children and five grandchildren.

Terry Tomassetti, Biography

Commissioner Tomassetti is currently serving his third term as a Blair County Commissioner. He was Chairman of the Board of Commissioners his first two terms and now serves as Vice-Chairman. An Altoona native, Commissioner Tomassetti is a 1978 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Prior to being elected Commissioner, he was an assistant district attorney for Blair County and also assistant solicitor for the City of Altoona. Terry is also a graduate of Bishop Guilfoyle High School and graduated with Honors with a degree in Political Science from Juniata College. He is married to the former Kathleen Pressler together they have three children and two grandchildren.

Ted A. Beam, Jr., Biography

Commissioner Ted Beam, Jr., is serving his second term as a Blair County Commissioner. Beam, a Democrat, was elected in 2011 to replace long time County Commissioner Donna Gority. Beam is a retired teacher from the Altoona Area School District. He is also a two-time member of Altoona City Council. He also ran for Mayor of Altoona in 1993. Mr. Beam states he is very proud of the many improvements the county has made in the last seven years. He also states he has great admiration for the several hundred employees who make up the county government structure. Beam is married to the former Catherine Cronin whom he met as part of a 44-year career as a PIAA basketball and football official.

Office Contact Lists

Liaison Offices for BRUCE R. ERB:

Blair County Planning Commission
Information Technology
Records Management
Department of Social Services
Blair County Human Services Leadership Coalition
Blair Health Choices
Metropolitan Planning Organization (Alt.)
Cooperative Extension Office
Southern Alleghenies Planning & Development Commission
Register of Wills
Recorder of Deeds
Children, Youth & Family Services
Altoona Blair County Development Corporation
Blair Community Action Agency

Liaison Offices for TERRY TOMASSETTI:

Tax Claim
Courts: Costs & Fines, JPO, APO, Domestic Relations, Custody, Cr. Admin. & MDJs
Public Defender
Soil Conservation
Law Library
Human Resources/Employee Benefits
Southern Alleghenies Planning & Development Commission
Metropolitan Planning Organization
Southern Alleghenies Resource Conservation & Development (Alt.)

Liaison Offices for Ted A. Beam, Jr.:

Blair County Airport Authority
Elections/Voter Registration
E911/Emergency Management
District Attorney/Victim Witness
Highway Department
Buildings and Maintenance
Office Services
Veterans Services
Ft. Roberdeau
Metropolitan Planning Organization
Southern Alleghenies Planning & Development Commission (Alt.)
So. Alleghenies Resource Conservation & Development
County of Blair Housing and Redevelopment Authority
Parks & Recreation Advisory Board
Explore Altoona
Blair County Convention and Sports Facilities Authority

Right to Know Requests

Go to the Right to Know page to find contact information and the Right to Know form.

If you cannot find what you need, please contact

Helen Schmitt
Chief Clerk/County Administrator
Blair County Commissioners' Office


423 Allegheny Street, Suite 441A
Hollidaysburg, PA 16648

(814) 693-3030

(814) 693-3033


423 Allegheny Street
Suite 441 A
Hollidaysburg, PA 16648
(814) 693-3030


Bruce Erb:

Terry Tomassetti:

Ted Beam, Jr.:


Helen Schmitt:


Nicole Hemminger: