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Ian J. Harlow
Deputy Commissioner of Professional and Occupational Affairs

Deputy Commissioner, BPOAIan J Harlow was appointed as Deputy Commissioner of Professional and Occupational Affairs on February 1, 2014.

As Deputy Commissioner, Ian assists the Commissioner in carrying out the statutory duties set forth in the Administrative Code and is responsible for directing the staff of the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs charged with providing administrative support and services to the 29 Licensing Boards and Commissions within the Bureau’s jurisdiction. He also serves as a full, voting member on 27 of the Boards in the Commissioner’s absence. Ian is primarily responsible for overseeing the day to day operations of the Bureau involving more than 350 employees, 250 board members, 950,000 licensees and an annual budget of $40 million.

Ian previously served as Deputy Commissioner in the Bureau of Commissions, Elections and Legislation since 2008. During that time, he was responsible for the daily operations of the Bureau, including the development of the budget, goals, policies and procedures. He had direct oversight on multiple technical projects impacting operations including voting system certification, operation and maintenance.

Prior to joining the Department of State, Ian served in numerous capacities as a senior consultant for various local, state, federal and presidential elections. Additionally, he served as an adjunct instructor for Duquesne University where he taught courses in Political Science, Government and Elections.

Ian currently holds an Associate of Science degree in Web Programming, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interactive Media and Political Science and a Master of Arts degree in Social and Public Policy Analysis from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Ian resides in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with his wife, Whitney and son Parker.

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