Hon. Terence Farrell
Terence Farrell was confirmed by the Senate to serve on the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission on Jan. 25, 2012. His term will expire Jan. 25, 2017.
Farrell currently serves as chairman of the Chester County Board of Commissioners, after being elected to the position in January, 2012. He served a previous term as chairman in 2009 and was first elected to the board in January, 2008.
Under his leadership, the board advanced its development of a strategic plan to increase efficiency in the county’s operations, passed a balanced budget without raising taxes and reaffirmed the county’s award-winning open space preservation program for the next decade.
At the center of Farrell’s leadership is the philosophy that government must meet fiscal challenges imposed by federal and state budget reductions, while still providing the quality of services citizens have come to expect in an accountable, responsible manner.
Farrell previously served two terms as Chester County’s Recorder of Deeds, during which he implemented significant measures to make government more accessible to the public.
In 2010, he was elected to the Board of Directors for the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania for District Five, representing Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. Also in 2010, the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania appointed him as the only Commissioner from the commonwealth to attend the National Association of Counties Leadership Institute.
In 2009, Farrell was selected to join an international ensemble of students for “Leadership for the 21st Century: Chaos, Conflict and Courage,” a seminar at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
In 2005, the White House selected Farrell to serve on the prestigious Presidential Rank Awards Panel. He also previously served as a board member for the Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School.
Farrell grew up on the campus of Lincoln University, where his parents were professors. His parents emphasized the importance of education and instilled in him the concept of life-long learning.
As a result, he has achieved many of his educational goals: he is a licensed Realtor, holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Carleton College, and graduate certificates in Public Administration and Public Personnel Administration from Indiana State University.
Farrell and his wife, Theresa, live in West Chester and have two adult sons and a granddaughter. He takes an active interest in his community, serving on a number of local boards and councils, including the YMCA of the Brandywine Valley, the Chester County Conservation District and the Chester County Economic Development Council.