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Blair County Commissioners

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Biographies

DAVID KESSLING, Commissioner, President


AMY E. WEBSTER, Commissioner, Vice-President

Commissioner Webster was elected in 2019 and retained in 2024 as a Republican and serves as Vice-President of the Board of Commissioners. Prior to her election, she worked as a local attorney with a focus on real estate, estate planning and administration, business law, tax law, and general legal issues. She also worked as a real estate broker. Before the election, she helped many local homeowners with real estate tax appeals. Commissioner Amy Webster currently serves Blair County as a Commissioner full-time. 

Commissioner Webster graduated from the Hollidaysburg Area High School in 1974. She attended the Altoona Campus, where she participated in student government, the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program, and the Coed Affiliates Pershing Rifles (CAPERs) rifle drill team, serving as the rifle team commander in 1976. She graduated from Penn State University in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. She earned her law degree (Juris Doctor) in Pittsburgh when she graduated from Duquesne School of Law in 1981. Commissioner Webster has been a licensed attorney in Pennsylvania since 1982 and a real estate broker since 2014.

Commissioner Amy Webster is admitted to practice law with the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States Western District of Pennsylvania, and the Courts of Pennsylvania. Her prior experience also includes the following: Penn State University Altoona lecturer, Blair County Deputy District Attorney, Blair County Child Dependency Hearing Master, Blair County Historical Society Solicitor, Hollidaysburg Borough Council, Hollidaysburg Borough Planning Commission, Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs (PSAB), Board of Directors & Resolutions, Newry Borough Solicitor, Catharine Township Solicitor, and Canoe Creek State Park Chaplain.   

In November of 2023, she graduated from Pennsylvania’s Academy for Excellence in County Government. She is a member of the Assessment and Taxation Committee of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP). She completed the Tax Assessment trainings for assessors, and the certifications through FEMA for NIMS training. Her Liaison Commissioner offices include Coroner, Register and Recorder, Prothonotary, Sheriff, 911/EMA, Fort Roberdeau, Buildings & Maintenance, Highways & Bridges, Veterans’ Services, Safety/Security, Prison, Records Management, Park & Recreation Advisory Board, Courthouse Preservation Advisory Board, Metropolitan Planning Organization, Farmland Preservation, Cooperative Extension Office, County of Blair Housing & Redevelopment Authority, Office Services, Explore Altoona, and the Blair County Airport Authority.

LAURA O. BURKE, Commissioner, Secretary

First elected in 2019, Commissioner Burke is in her second term as a County Commissioner.  She is the Secretary of the Board of Commissioners and serves as liaison to Children Youth & Families, Social Services, Human Resources, Tax Assessment, Tax Claim, Elections & Voter Registration, the Coroner and the Controller.  Commissioner Burke also serves as the Vice-Chair of the Retirement Board, the Chair of the Board of Elections, and the Secretary of the Records Improvement Committee.  Laura holds a B.A. from the University of Richmond, a J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, and a Certificate in Organizational Leadership from Villanova University. She is an alumna of the Blair County Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Blair County program and a graduate of the County Commissioner Association of Pennsylvania's Center for Excellence in County Leadership (CEL) program.  As a part of her duties as County Commissioner, Laura serves on the Boards of the Southern Alleghenies Planning & Development Commission, United Way of the Southern Alleghenies, Blair Health Choices, Blair County Community Action Program, and Blair Senior Services.  She is a member of the Healthy Blair County Coalition steering committee and DCED's Community Development & Housing Advisory Board. In 2023 Governor Shapiro appointed Commissioner Burke to the County Adult Probation and Parole Advisory Committee.  


Office Contact Lists

DAVID KESSLING:

Blair County Airport Authority

Blair County Convention and Sports Authority

Courthouse Historical Preservation Advisory Board

District Attorney and Victim Witness

Explore Altoona

Geographical Information Systems

Information Technology

Metropolitan Planning Organization

Prison

Public Safety

Public Works – Facilities

Safety Committee

Security Committee

Sheriff

Southern Alleghenies Planning & Development Commission

Veteran’s Affairs


Amy E. Webster:

Blair County Conservation District Board (Soil Conservation/Farmland Preservation)

Blair County Planning Commission

Blair Drug & Alcohol Partnerships

Cooperative Extension Office

County of Blair Housing and Redevelopment Authority

Court Related:

  • Costs & Fines
  • JPO
  • APO
  • Domestic Relations
  • Custody
  • Court Administration
  • MDJ’s

Finance

Ft. Roberdeau

Metropolitan Planning Organization

Parks & Recreation Advisory Board

Prothonotary

Public Defender

Public Works – Highway

Records Management

Register of Wills & Recorder of Deeds


LAURA O. BURKE:

Assessment

Blair Community Action Program

Blair County Leadership Coalition

Blair HealthChoices

Blair Senior Services

Children, Youth & Families

Controller

Coroner

Election

Human Resources

Metropolitan Planning Organization (Alt.)

Social Services

Southern Alleghenies Planning & Development Commission

Tax Claim

Treasurer


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 on the Right to Know page, please contact: 

Nicole Hemminger

Chief Clerk/County Administrator

Blair County Commissioners' Office

Email: nhemminger@blairco.org

Address: 423 Allegheny Street, Suite 441A, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648

Phone: (814) 693-3030

Fax: (814) 693-3033


Contact

423 Allegheny Street
Suite 441 A
Hollidaysburg, PA 16648

(814) 693-3030

BLAIR COUNTY COMMISSIONERS


COMMISSIONER
David Kessling


COMMISSIONER
Amy Webster


COMMISSIONER
Laura Burke 


CHIEF CLERK / COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR
Nicole Hemminger