Michelle H. Kichline
Michelle Haris Kichline is the Chair of Chester County’s Board of County Commissioners. She has served on the Board of Commissioners since December 16th, 2014. She was appointed unanimously by the judiciary of the Court of Common Pleas of Chester County. In November 2015, she was elected to a full four-year term as a Commissioner for Chester County. As Commissioner, in 2018, she received the Helena Devereux Women in Leadership Award from the Main Line Chamber of Commerce.
Commissioner Kichline was selected by her fellow commissioners to co-chair VISTA 2025, Chester County’s public/private economic development initiative for Chester County. She is the Chair of the Taxation and Assessment Committee of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) and is the Secretary of the Chester County Historical Society (CCHS). Commissioner Kichline also serves Chester County on the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), Transportation Management Association of Chester County (TMACC), Greater Valley Forge Transportation Management Association (GVFTMA), the West Chester Business Improvement District (BID), and is on the Nominating Committee for the Chester County Council, BSA. In her role as a Chester County Commissioner, she is additionally an ex officio member of the Chester County Conservation District (CCD), a board member of the Uptown! Knauer Performance Arts Center, and has been appointed to Regional Advisory Committee III for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Furthermore, Commissioner Kichline has recently joined the STOP Violence Against Women Coordinating Team to ensure a safe workplace for all residents of Chester County.
Commissioner Kichline grew up in Chester County after her parents immigrated to the United States from communist Hungary. Her parents chose to live in Chester County, Pennsylvania, because of its great schools, strong communities, sense of place, and job opportunities. As a student, Commissioner Kichline graduated from Conestoga High School, earned her bachelor of arts (B.A.) in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania, and later earned her Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the Beasley School of Law at Temple University. Prior to her appointment, and subsequent election as a Chester County Commissioner, she served on Tredyffrin Township’s Board of Supervisors from 2010 to 2013, which she chaired for the last two years of her tenure. Commissioner Kichline also served on Tredyffrin Township’s Zoning Hearing Board and was its first female chair in 2007.
Under Commissioner Kichline’s leadership, Chester County has maintained its AAA bond rating from Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s, and Fitch, ensuring the financial stability of Chester County. From a public policy perspective, Commissioner Kichline, working in conjunction with the Department of Drug and Alcohol, is also spearheading Chester County’s response to the opioid crisis that has taken over 100 lives in 2017. Under Commissioner Kichline’s leadership, in 2016 and 2017, Chester County has hosted a Color 5K, benefiting victims of the opioid crisis. Funds raised through these events support a program providing one-to-one support for overdose survivors and their families and friends, provide overdose prevention information and outreach to first responders, hospital staff, family members and friends, and importantly, provide expedited admission into detox and a review of all treatment options for overdose survivors who agree to treatment.
As Chair of the Chester County Retirement Board, Commissioner Kichline has also been part of the group spearheading a new initiative bringing tech-entrepreneurs and start-ups to Chester County, Venture Chesco. Working with Ben Franklin Partners, this initiative invests $4 million, half by Ben Franklin and half by Chester County, in new tech companies and those looking to apply new technologies to their existing business operations. As the Chair of the Board of Chester County Commissioners, Commissioner Kichline oversees projects, such as WalkWorks, designed to aid in healthy lifestyle choices for Chester County residents, and securing funds for Chester County’s Public Safety Training Campus, to keep law enforcement officials trained and ready in case of emergencies. Additionally, Commissioner Kichline is dedicated to keeping Chester County as a great place to live, work, raise a family, and retire. As Chair of Goal Teams 1 and 5 of VISTA 2025, Commissioner Kichline is additionally developing and putting into practice Chester County’s comprehensive economic development plan, designed to keep Chester County a great place to live, work, raise a family, and retire. Commissioner Kichline has also served on the Paoli Transit Task force since 2010. In 2014 she was part of the advisory group that worked with PennDot, Amtrak and SEPTA to obtain $30 million in funding for phase one of the Paoli Transit project in Chester County.
Commissioner Michelle Kichline resides in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, with her husband and their two children.