Chester County Authorities, Boards and Commissions

Office of Aging Services Citizens' Advisory Council

Members of this Advisory Council act as advocates for the needs and rights of the elderly in Chester County and to serve as a clearinghouse of ideas relevant to older persons. 

Membership:at least 15 members, no more than 25

Chester Country Agricultural Development Council

Members of this Council promote, encourage and assist in the retention of farmland and activities related to agriculture and agricultural production, and examine problems and issues related to agricultural preservation.

Membership: no more than 13. No less than five shall be directly active in farming or agricultural production

Chester County Area Airport Authority

Members of this Authority serve as the Board of Directors for the Chester County Airport. 

Membership: Seven members

Children, Youth and Families Citizen Advisory Committee

Members of this Advisory Committee provide information and counsel to the Chester County Department of Children, Youth and Families with regard to the needs of abused, neglected, or otherwise dependent children, youth, and their families.

Membership: at least 11 members, no more than 15

Chester County Conference and Visitors Bureau Board

Members of this Board advise upon the operation of the Chester County Conference & Visitors Bureau, a non-profit, independent tourism agency responsible for marketing Chester County and the Brandywine Valley to individual leisure travelers and travel writers. 

Membership: no more than 15 members. Commissioners appoint up to five members

 Chester County Conservation District Board

Members of this Board provide advice to the Conservation District regarding the development, improvement and conservation of the County’s soil, water and related resources, as well as educate the community in conservation and environmental practices and methods. 

Membership: Seven members - four farmer members, two public (non-farmer) members and one County Commissioner

 Chester County Drug & Alcohol Advisory Board

Members of this Board advise the Director of the Chester County Department of Drug and Alcohol on the planning, coordination and administration of drug and alcohol prevention, intervention, and treatment services for county residents.

Membership: No less than seven members, no more than 15

Chester County Board of Health

Members of the Board of Health advise the Director of the Chester County Health Department and approve rules and regulations for the protection and preservation of public health.

Membership: Five members, two of which are physicians

Chester County Health and Education Facilities Authority

Members of this Authority review and approve financing options for capital projects for nonprofit health and educational institutions, including the issuance of tax-exempt bonds.

Membership: Seven members

Housing Authority of Chester County

Members of this Authority serve as the Board of Directors to govern and oversee the federal funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the purpose of providing quality housing to low income households. Primarily, the Housing Authority oversees HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher and Public Housing programs.

Membership: Five members

Chester County Industrial Development Authority 

Members of the Authority approve low interest financing to businesses for eligible capital projects through the issuance of tax exempt and taxable bonds.  

Membership: Nine members

Chester County Library Board

Members of this Board serve in a dual role as the Board of the Chester County Library System and as the Board for the Chester County Library & District Center. Responsibilities include developing and evaluating strategic direction, development and maintenance of system-wide and local library policies, broad based library advocacy, financial oversight and other responsibilities that are outlined in the Pennsylvamia Library Code

Membership: Seven members

Chester County Mental Health/Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (MH/IDD Advisory Board

Members of this Advisory Board guide and support the Administrator and staff of Chester County’s Department of MH/IDD on programs and services pertaining to individuals identified as seriously mentally ill, intellectually or developmentally disabled.

Membership: 13 members

Chester County Park & Recreation Board

The Parks & Recreation Board provides advice and guidance on the development and operation of Chester County’s parks and trails.

Membership: Nine members

Chester County Planning Commission 

Members of this Commission guide the Director of the Planning Commission on the future growth and preservation plans for Chester County in relation to the County's comprehensive plan, Landscapes 2, as well as in collaboration with public, private and corporate citizens.

Membership: Nine members

SEPTA Citizens' Advisory Board

Members of this Citizens’ Advisory Committee act as independent representatives and advocates on behalf of SEPTA customers in the five county region of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Membership: One member from Chester County.

Solid Waste Authority

Members of this Authority serve as a board of directors, overseeing policymaking for the Solid Waste Authority and for the operation of the Lanchester Sanitary Landfill, which provides economic and environmentally sound waste disposal and recycling options to Chester County citizens.

Membership: Seven members

Chester Water Authority

Members of this Authority serve as the Board of Directors overseeing policymaking decisions for the Chester Water Authority.

Membership: One member from Chester County.

Chester Water Resources Authority

Members of this Authority are responsible for the fiscal and operational management of the Authority and its four regional flood control facilities and related lands that provide flood protection for communities in the Brandywine Creek watershed. In addition, members provide guidance on water resources science, engineering and planning to protect public safety and preserve the integrity of Chester County’s natural water resources and watershed system.

Membership: Nine members

Chester County Women's Commission

Members of the Chester County Women’s Commission promote opportunities for inclusion of women as full and equal participants in all facets of Chester County life.

Membership: No more than 21 members

Chester County Workforce Development Board

Members of the Chester County Workforce Development Board provide oversight and strategic vision in the administration of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) for the purpose of having a strong workforce and healthy economy.

Membership: 27 members