Terence Farrell began his first term as Chester County Commissioner in January of 2008. He is the first African-American to hold this office in Chester County. Farrell also has the distinction of being the first resident of Southern Chester County to hold this office in over thirty years. Prior to being elected County Commissioner, Farrell served two four-year terms as Chester County’s Recorder of Deeds.
Farrell has been active in the Republican Party of Chester County for years. He was first elected Committeeman in 1990 and went on to serve six years as Chairman of the Oxford Area Republican Committee. He has been elected Alternate Delegate to the Republican National Convention in 2000 and again in 2004.
Dedicated to the local community, Farrell currently serves as a board member for Oxford Main Street, Inc., the Southern Chester County YMCA, the Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School, and the Chester County Economic Development Council. Terence holds a BA in English from Carleton College, and Graduate Certificates in Public Administration and Public Personnel Administration from Indiana State University. He is also a licensed Realtor.
He grew up on the campus of Lincoln University, where his parents both taught, and still live nearby. Terence currently resides in West Chester Borough with his wife Theresa. He has two adult sons, and one granddaughter.