Kichline sworn in as County Commissioner

Replaces Ryan Costello, who was elected to U.S. Congress

By Kim Chiomento, Staff Writer, The Times


Court of Common Pleas President Judge James P. MacElree II (left) administers the Oath of Office for County Commissioner to Michelle Kichline (second right). Also pictured are Michelle’s husband, Michael Kichline, and her daughter Amanda (right).

WEST CHESTER – A large gathering of family, friends and dignitaries came to witness the swearing in of Chester County’s newly appointed Commissioner, Michelle Haris Kichline, Tuesday afternoon.

Chester County Court of Common Pleas President Judge, James P. MacElree II, presided over the ceremony and administered Kichline’s Oath of service.

Attendees were welcomed by Valentino DiGiorgio III, Chairman, Republican Committee of Chester County. The formal ceremony commenced with Kichline’s husband, Michael and daughter, Amanda, leading attendees to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Judge MacElree, on behalf of all the judges, underscored the significance of the occasion during his opening remarks to the filled courtroom, “It is the continuance of government that we are witnessing today…having Commissioners who understand their role to citizens and to the courts is of great importance.”

The three-member County Commissioner board is the chief governing body of Chester County. Kichline will serve alongside Commissioners Kathi Cozzone and Terrence Farrell; and is serving the final year of the four-year Commissioner term left vacant by Ryan Costello who was recently elected to Congress.

Commissioners Kathi Cozzone (left) Michelle Kichline (center) & Terrence Farrell (right)

Commissioners Kathi Cozzone (left) Michelle Kichline (center) & Terrence Farrell (right)

“Michelle has an outstanding track record in public service,” says DiGiorgio, “Her service as Chairman of the Tredyffrin Board of Supervisors, and numerous civic and governmental boards will allow her to hit the ground running as a new Commissioner.”

During her remarks, Kichline expressed her gratitude to the court and attendees, “I am humbled and honored that you are all here with me today; and am especially honored that the judges trust me with this important role. I pledge to work hard, keep my door open and come to your communities.”

Additionally, Kichline thanked her parents, Angela and Bela Haris, for their bravery; explaining, “In 1956 they left everything in Hungary to start a new life in the United States; and it is because of this courage I have had the opportunities that have enabled me to stand before you today. My parents are my heros and my inspiration.”

Following the ceremony, guests were invited to attend a brief welcome reception held for Kichline.

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Pennsylvania State Senator Tom McGarrigle (R-26) congratulates Commissioner Kichline.

Pennsylvania State Senator-elect Tom McGarrigle (R-26) congratulates Commissioner Kichline.

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