Women dominate Chesco swearing-in

Oaths of office were administered to seven Chester County elected officials on Wednesday, Jan. 3, at West Chester University, marking the formal dissolution of Republicans’ centuries-old hold on power.

Positions long-dominated by the GOP went to Democrats by wide margins in November’s election, leading to the swearing in of Patricia Maisano as county treasurer, Margaret Reif as county controller, Yolanda Van de Krol as clerk of courts, and Christina VandePol as county coroner. In addition, three magisterial judges Democrats Bret Binder (West Chester) and Al Iacocca (Kennett Square) as well as Republican John Hipple (Pottstown) – took the oath.

With apologies to Chester County Commissioner Terence Farrell, Chester County Commissioners’ Chair Michelle Kichline said the rise of women in politics had contributed to Chester County’s status as the healthiest, wealthiest and best educated county in Pennsylvania. Commissioner Kathi Cozzone echoed those sentiments. All three commissioners vowed to continue the bipartisan cooperation they linked to the county’s successes.

Chester County President Judge Jacqueline C. Cody administered the oaths for Binder and all of the row officers except Maisano, who was sworn in by her husband, Daniel Maisano, a former magisterial district judge. Retired Magisterial District Judge James V. DeAngelo swore in Hipple and Magisterial District Judge Matthew Seavey swore in Iacocca.

Rev. Jonathan Hauze of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Exton delivered the invocation, and Cpl. Wayne Johnson of the Chester County Sheriff’s Office sang the Star-Spangled Banner a cappella. A lunch reception followed the ceremony, which was held in the Sykes Student Union building.

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