Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell, and Michelle Kichline have named Michelle Gallo, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, the new Director of Human Resources for the County of Chester. Gallo comes to the County from Lancaster County Government where she served as the HR Director since March 2021. She previously spent nearly 12 years with Lancaster General Health which is now part of Penn Medicine.
Commissioners’ Chair Marian Moskowitz said, “We are fortunate to have Michelle join us in Chester County because she brings a wealth of human resources knowledge and experience that will benefit current and future County employees. Our employees are the bedrock of County government and ensuring they are treated equally, fairly, and with respect is of utmost importance. We have complete confidence that Michelle is up to the task.”
“Michelle’s extensive experience gives her the tools to navigate the ins and outs of county government, and now Chester County will reap the rewards of that experience,” said Commissioner Josh Maxwell. “Running a large human resources department requires strong business acumen as well as excellent people skills, both of which Michelle possesses.”
Gallo will oversee a department of 17 employees, which administers benefits to 2,400 County employees, actively recruits talent, develops wellness and training programs, and ensures the County complies with workplace safety regulations.
Commissioner Michelle Kichline said, “HR has changed dramatically since the COVID-19 pandemic. Today our employees work in-office, remotely, or in some hybrid versions, and that requires a leader like Michelle who is able to ensure HR practices and policies evolve along with the workforce. She understands the importance of building a workforce and future leaders who reflect our community. The qualities Michelle brings to this job put Chester County in a solid position to meet the needs of our employees today and tomorrow.”
Gallo graduated from Millersville University with her undergraduate degree and MBA. She is married with a teenage daughter and enjoys listening to audiobooks.