Long-time Mercer County lawman joins The Builders as its new Association Services Director

Gary Hartman, Sheriff of Mercer County, has joined the Builders Association of Eastern Ohio and Western PA as its new Association Services Director. 

Mr. Hartman has been with the Mercer Sheriff’s office since 2003, starting as a part-time deputy and working his way up to being elected Sheriff in 2012. His work in budgeting, human resources, and contract negotiations is expected to transfer well for his role as Association Services Director. 

“We believe Gary will be a great fit for our organization,” said Builders Executive Vice-President Kevin Reilly. “The skills he has developed as a highly competent law enforcement administrator gives him the strong leadership, business, and marketing skills to become an immediate asset to our membership.”

Mr. Hartman’s duties with The Builders include assisting employers in negotiating local union construction trade contracts, working with some of those same trades on their apprenticeship programs, serving as a Trustee on various craft insurance and pension plans, and working on member educational opportunities.

“It is an exciting time in the skilled trades industry with future expansion,” Mr. Hartman said. “I am excited to work with our builders, unions and apprentices in shaping the future of our community.”

He is a graduate of Grove City High School, Mercyhurst Police Academy, and the Bartell & Bartell Leadership School. He also holds a degree in criminal justice from Kaplan University. He also holds multiple instructor certifications and qualifications. He is an avid outdoorsman, coach of the Thiel College Shooting Team, a little league coach, a member of the Shenango Valley Masonic Lodge, and a Relay for Life volunteer.

Mr. Hartman lives in Mercer, PA with his wife Kendra, daughter Delaney and son Cole. He can be reached at, via LinkedIn, or at 330-539-6050.