Eden Ratliff, Township Manager

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Kennett Township is led by Eden R. Ratliff, Eden is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He has a Masters degree in Employment and Labor Relations and a Bachelors degree in Political Science with a minor in Economics. He is completing a Masters degree in Public Management and is scheduled to graduate in December 2019 from Johns Hopkins University.

Prior to joining Kennett Township in September of 2019, Eden served as borough manager and chief administrative official of the Borough of Greencastle in Franklin County, PA. Some of his duties include creating and administering municipal operating budgets; developing a strategic vision for the borough; implementing a comprehensive asset management program for utility operations; and serving at times as chief administrative official, zoning officer, water authority manager, borough secretary, chief code enforcement officer and treasurer.

For two years, Eden was borough manager and chief administrative official for the Borough of Ford City near Pittsburgh. At Ford City, Eden managed long term projects, created and administered annual municipal budgets and negotiated a non-uniform Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Eden’s volunteer activities include being a member of the Uwchlan Ambulance Corps, the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs and chair of the Franklin County Council of Governments Legislative Affairs Committee.

An Eagle Scout, Eden grew up in West Chester.

Gretchen Porterfield, Executive Assistant to the Township Manager

Gretchen joined Kennett Township in March of 2020. Although new to municipal government, her strong background in communications, administration, and event planning make her uniquely qualified for this position. She has jumped in with both feet - in the middle of a global pandemic - and will continue to help streamline scheduling, communications and more.

Gretchen currently resides in Claymont, Delaware, but is originally from Chester County. She is happy to be working so close to "home" again.