Margaret ReifMargaret has been a resident of Downingtown since 1992, after having moved to the area from New York. She graduated from the University of Scranton with a degree in Economics and Finance, where she met her husband, Joe. They have been married for 28 years with sons, Matthew, 20, a graduate of Millersville University with a degree in Public Relations and Stephen, 17, a graduate of the Downingtown STEM Academy now studying at Penn State University.

Her time at the non-profit, Youth Mentoring Partnership (YMP), as the controller, prepared her well to serve as our County Controller. At YMP, she was responsible for budgeting, Accounts Payable/Receivables, Payroll, tax filings, audits, and the like. For the County, serving as Controller has meant overseeing audits of county departments, ensuring our tax dollars are spent wisely.

Her strengths include - whether at YMP, Justice4PaKids, Immaculata University, as Home and School President at St. Joseph School in Downingtown - or as our County Controller

  • ☆ the ability to review budgets and financials with an eye for determining their strengths and weaknesses,
  • ☆ to create a more streamlined method of record keeping, when needed, and
  • ☆ to determine areas where money could be saved.

Margaret and works every day to bring transparency, efficiency, and accountability to Chester County government.