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Posted on: January 2, 2020

Chester County Commissioners Take Official Oath of Office

Commissioners signing oaths

New Board of Commissioners notes transition plans

The three incoming members of Chester County’s Board of Commissioners, Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell and Michelle Kichline, took their official oath of office today, administered by President Judge Jacqueline C. Cody.   

In anticipation of their official start on January 6, the Commissioners announced their plans to support and enhance the change in leadership, including the creation of a transition team that will ensure a seamless process, and that will encourage the review of County procedures and practices.

West Chester University President Christopher Fiorentino will chair the transition team, and vice-chair is David Thornburgh, President and CEO of the Committee of Seventy, the civic leadership organization that advances good government in the City of Philadelphia and across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

“This is an important time in the history of Chester County,” said Commissioner Marian Moskowitz. “Building on the good work that has been done, it is time for all of us to come together and move forward as we make Chester County even better. I know that this is common ground that all of us stand on proudly.” 

“Reinforcing our shared values is what makes Chester County one of the best counties to live in,” said Commissioner Josh Maxwell. “We are dedicated to partnering and convening citizens from all corners of this County as we work to strengthen opportunity and inclusion.”   

“Chester County has rightfully earned a reputation for good government that provides tremendous programs and services to citizens," said Commissioner Michelle Kichline. "Part of ‘good government’ is to review procedures and practices, see what works, and to be open to what can be improved upon. I look forward to working with my new colleagues in this process.”

In addition to the three County Commissioners, today’s official swearing-in included elected row officers Deb Ryan as District Attorney, Fredda Maddox as Sheriff, Chris Pielli as Recorder of Deeds, Debbie Bookman as Prothonotary and Michele Vaughn as Register of Wills, as well as Magisterial District Judges Martin Goch and James Kovaleski.

The public is invited to attend the ceremonial swearing-in of all elected officials, judges and magisterial district judges, which takes place on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. in West Chester University’s Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, Philips Memorial Building, 700 S. High Street in West Chester.

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