County to take over operation of Rover transit service

From April 1, 2023, responsibility for the majority of paratransit services currently provided by Rover in Chester County will transition to a County-run operation, overseen by the Chester County Department of Human Services. The Rover community transportation service was introduced in 1984 to offer diversified transportation for Chester County residents, especially those who cannot drive or have...

Messerschmidt named new county Emergency Services Director

Warren W. “Bill” Messerschmidt III Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell, and Michelle Kichline announced Wednesday the appointment of Warren W. “Bill” Messerschmidt III as the County’s new Director of the Department of Emergency Services (DES). Messerschmidt will take the lead at DES from Monday, February 13, following his most recent role as Assistant Director...

Commissioners Present $25K check to ChesPenn Center for Family Health in Coatesville

Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz (right), Josh Maxwell, and Michelle Kichline (left) present ChesPenn President and CEO Susan Harris-McGovern with a $25,000 Chester County Appropriations Fund check. Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell, and Michelle Kichline toured the Center for Family Health at Coatesville, part of ChesPenn Health Services, this week, and presented...

Chester County farmers and producers win honors at the Pa. Farm Show

Don and Pam Gable of Conebella Farm (photo credit: PA Farm Show) Chester County farmers and producers received high marks from Pennsylvania Farm Show judges in Harrisburg last week, resulting in an impressive array of medals and ribbons in the show’s 107th year of operation. The Pennsylvania Farm Show, the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the nation, hosts nearly half a million visitors,...

Frens appointed County Solicitor

Colleen Frens The Chester County Commissioners approved this week the appointment of Colleen Frens as Solicitor for the County of Chester.  Frens, the former Deputy County Solicitor, has served as Acting Solicitor since July 2022, following the appointment of former Solicitor, Nicole Forzato, to the bench of the Chester County Court of Common Pleas. “Colleen is an excellent lawyer who will serve...

Commissioners declare January as Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Month

Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell, and Michelle Kichline proclaimed January as Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Month at the first public Commissioners’ Meeting in 2023. The proclamation acknowledges the dedicated work of social service agencies, counselors, law enforcement, and modern-day abolitionists for caring for survivors, arresting and prosecuting offenders,...

Rep. Houlahan finally sworn to third term after days of GOP Speaker chaos

Houlahan in front of her new office location (1727 Longworth). The placard next to her reads: “This office belongs to the people of Pennsylvania’s 6th Congressional District.” Early this morning, U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan was officially sworn in for her third term as the United States Representative for Pennsylvania’s 6th Congressional District. While the Pennsylvania congressional delegation...

County recognition of Law Enforcement Appreciation Day includes spotlight on crisis intervention team training

As part of Chester County’s recognition of National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day on January 9th, the Chester County Commissioners note the success of the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training, a crucial tool that helps to de-escalate mental health crisis situations and enhance safety and access to treatment. “Because law enforcement personnel have vital responsibilities as front-line...

County leaders discuss direction of Chester County Climate Action Plan in 2023

County leaders review and sort actions that support the Chester County Climate Action Plan. Chester County department leaders and partners met recently to review and prioritize long-term and short-term steps that must be taken to achieve the County’s Climate Action Plan goal of reducing greenhouse gases. The Climate Action Plan, adopted in October 2021 by the Commissioners, calls for the County...

Commissioners OK 2nd round of American Rescue Plan Act grants

Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell and Michelle Kichline approved the second round of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant recipients last week, at the final Commissioners’ public meeting of the year. More than $6 million in grants were awarded for 22 projects.  This adds to the $40 million in funds that were awarded to 73 applicants during the first round of grants,...