Interim director gets permanent county job

Commissioners approve Jacqueline McKenna as Pocopson administrator  Jacqueline McKenna WEST CHESTER – The Chester County Commissioners approved the appointment on Monday, March 24, of a longtime employee as the new administrator of the county-owned Pocopson Home. Jacqueline McKenna, who holds the state-required nursing home administrator license, has been interim director since the...

County displays app-titude for mobile communication

Residents can access plethora of Chesco data on electronic devices  By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times County employees Rebecca Brain and Frank Cipriano debut the county’s new mobile app at the commissioners’ meeting on Tuesday, March 18. Wondering how to find to the county’s archives? Curious about the cleanliness of that county restaurant you’ve wanted to try? Interested...

Democratic commissioner won’t enter 6th District race

Citing family impact, Kathi Cozzone says she won’t run for Congress  By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone A potential battle between Chester County Commissioners for the Sixth District Congressional seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach won’t happen, a news release from Commissioner Kathi Cozzone said. “After several weeks...

County commissioners approve 2014 budget

Spending plan does not necessitate tax increase Chester County Commissioners Ryan Costello (from left), Terence Farrell, and Kathi Cozzone unanimously approved a 2014 budget with no tax increase. As expected, the Chester County Commissioners unanimously approved the 2014 budget on Wednesday, a spending plan that holds the line on taxes for county residents. “This budget reflects Chester County’s...

County announces repeat of Triple A bond ratings

Commissioners say achievement bodes well for taxpayers  Chester County Commissioners Ryan Costello (from left), Terence Farrell, and Kathi Cozzone announced Thursday that the county has retained its Triple A bond ratings. The Chester County Commissioners announced on Thursday, Nov. 7, the reaffirmation of Triple A bond ratings from Standard & Poor’s, Fitch Ratings and an Aaa rating from...

New detective could crack county’s hiring freeze

Commissioners favorable to D.A.’s plea to bolster overburdened child-abuse unit By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Tredyffrin Township Police Superintendent Anthony Giaimo (left) and Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan discuss the need for another county detective who specializes in child-abuse investigations. Widespread publicity about serial child molestation –...

Hundreds of homeless in county spur changes

New toll-free number proves popular addition to proactive approach  By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times This makeshift housing typifies what volunteers saw during the “point-in-time” count in January that revealed 625 Chester County citizens without a permanent residence. Wielding flashlights and cartons of supplies – clothes, food and blankets – a team of...

County finally gets new Health Dept. head

Ga. woman with local ties will replace director who resigned in Dec. By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Jeanne Casner will start Aug. 26 as director of the Chester County Health Department, the commissioners said Thursday. After months of searching, Chester County has a new director for its acclaimed Health Department, the county commissioners said Thursday. At their regular meeting,...

Annual equestrian event travels to urban venue

Coatesville warehouse becomes showcase for steeplechase,  artwork By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Paintings by Coatesville artist Dane Tilghman and steeplechase banners helped transform an aging city warehouse into an industrial chic venue for the Delaware Valley Point-to-Point Association’s annual awards party. When the president of the Unionville-based Delaware Valley...

Federal evaluators: County well-prepared for disaster

For third consecutive year, it earned perfect score on readiness assessment By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times For the third year in a row, Chester County received a perfect score in emergency readiness from federal evaluators. For the third consecutive year, Chester County has received a perfect score of 100 on the 2013 Federal Technical Assistance Review (TAR), an annual assessment...