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, when she was appointed to fill the term previously held by Commissioner Ryan Costello. 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. 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 Treasurer of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) and is the Secretary of the Chester County Historical Society (CCHS).
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.