During Commissioner Farrell’s leadership as Chairman of the Board, the County of Chester made notable achievements:
- Balanced the county’s budget numerous times without raising taxes.
- Received AAA bond ratings from the nation’s top three financial rating firms, reinforcing our county’s strong financial position, making Chester County one of only twenty-four counties in America with this accomplishment and saving our taxpayers over $9.7 million dollars.
- Adopted the Landscapes3 open space program, which will take the county’s award-winning open space preservation efforts into the next decade.
- Developed the county’s strategic planning initiative to ensure long-term governmental quality and cost-savings.
- Opened the construction of the Chester Valley Trail to create a combined hiking and biking recreational trail that will connect Chester County with Philadelphia.
- Introduced a discount prescription drug program open to all in the County, at no cost to our taxpayers.
- Selected by Harvard University to participate in a leadership seminar at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.
- Declared the Chester County Prison as 100% in compliance with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, a difficult and exceptional achievement for a county correctional institution of its size.
Other notable accomplishments during Commissioner Farrell’s tenure:
- Chester County is ranked as one of the best managed counties in the United States.
- Chester County is ranked as the healthiest county in Pennsylvania.
- Chester County is ranked as the most educated county in Pennsylvania.
- Commissioner Farrell organized and promoted efforts to save an estimated $5.6 million through an electricity procurement initiative between Chester County, the Chester County Intermediate Unit, all Chester County school districts, Montgomery County and various municipalities, fire and police and non-profit organizations.
- Commissioner Farrell installed an online streaming video of the Board of Commissioners’ public meetings to increase government transparency and accessibility.
- Chester County received the National Association of Counties’ 2010 Courthouse Award for Urban Counties from the National Association of Counties for the Landscape2 open space program.
- Accepted the National Association of Counties’ 2010 Achievement Award for the county’s innovative worksite-based lunchtime growers’ market.
- Presented the 2010 Planning Excellence Award by the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association for Chester County’s open space program, Landscapes2.
- Honored with the 2010 Elected Officials Award from the Pennsylvania Library Association for exemplary library service.
- Received the Legislator of the Year Award from the Exton Region Chamber of Commerce.
- Honored with the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Local Government, recognizing Chester County’s fiscal accountability and best management practices, based on the county’s Strategic Plan.
Important leadership roles held by Commissioner Farrell:
- Selected by the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania as the sole Commissioner from the commonwealth to attend the 2010 County Leadership Institute in Washington, D.C.
- Elected to the Board of Directors of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania for District Five, representing the counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia.
- Founding member of the Metropolitan Caucus which brings together county leadership from Southeast Pennsylvania, including Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, to discuss important issues and leverage local influence in Harrisburg and Washington, D.C.
- Appointed as the Pennsylvania Governor’s designee on the Lincoln University Board of Trustees