The Chester County Commissioners approved the appointment of Colleen Frens as Solicitor for the County of Chester. Frens, the former Deputy County Solicitor, has served as Acting Solicitor since July 2022, following the appointment of former Solicitor, Nicole Forzato, to the bench of the Chester County Court of Common Pleas.
“Colleen is an excellent lawyer who will serve the county well in handling our legal matters,” said Chester County Commissioners’ Chair Marian Moskowitz. “We are fortunate to have someone who is not only personable, but who understands how county government operates, as well as the mission, purpose, and responsibilities of all our departments.”
As Solicitor for Chester County, Frens will provide legal counsel and opinions relative to county government operational and administrative matters, and will oversee the county’s team of lawyers.
Commissioner Josh Maxwell said, “The County Solicitor position requires someone who knows how to navigate the legal world and the business and government worlds. Colleen’s resume dovetails perfectly with those needs, which makes me confident that she is the right person for this critical job.”
Frens joined the county as Assistant County Solicitor in April 2021 and was named Deputy County Solicitor in July 2022. Prior to that, she worked as a Chester County Public Defender, and as an Associate for Lamb McErlane PC. Frens also gained legal experience in the Office of the Solicitor for the U.S. Department of Labor. She is a graduate of Temple University Beasley School of Law and has coached Temple’s School of Law National Trial Team.
Commissioner Michelle Kichline said, “As a fellow graduate of Temple’s Beasley School of Law, I couldn’t be more pleased that Colleen is Chester County’s new County Solicitor. She has extensive credentials essential to being the top legal counsel for the county. The county is in good hands under her legal stewardship.”
Frens lives in West Chester with her family. She enjoys cooking, hiking, and photography.
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