Commissioner Barnhardt's Biography

Biography: Kevin S. Barnhardt

Commissioner Kevin S. Barnhardt

Kevin Barnhardt is a native of Berks County.  He now lives in South Heidelberg Township with his wife Pam.  They have a son and two grandsons.

Prior to his service as Commissioner, Kevin spent thirty years in private industry in sales, marketing, merchandising, purchasing and management, primarily in the wholesale food industry.

He began his thirty-four year career in government serving as a councilman and Mayor of West Reading Borough from 1982-2007.   He was instrumental in the formation of the West Reading Main Street and Elm Street programs, as well as, the West Reading Farmer’s Market.

He is a life member of the Keystone Fire Company of Reading and the West Reading Fire Company.

He is an active Freemason and is Past Master of Saint John’s Lodge No. 435, West Reading.  Presently he serves as the Commander in Chief of Reading Consistory of the Valley of Reading and a trustee and past Thrice Potent Master of The Reading Lodge of Perfection.

For the past nine years, he has served as Vice-Chair of the Board of Commissioners and Chair of the Prison Board. He serves as Chair of the Election Board and serves on the Salary and Retirement Boards. He also serves on the Board of Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities, Criminal Justice Advisory Board Steering Committee Chair, and the County Blighted Property Review Committee.

He is on the board of Directors of the County Commissioners’ Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) as chair of the Comprehensive Behavior Health Task Force and formally served as chair of the Courts and Corrections Committee.

On the local level, he serves the community as a member of the Center for Excellence in Local Government, BARTA/SCTA Transit Authority, Berks Arts Council, Reading Public Museum, Mount Penn Preserve Executive Committee, Berks County Opioids Coalition Co-Chair, and Reading Bridges.net Co-Chair.

He has focused his efforts as a Commissioner on various projects to improve county government and provide opportunities to enhance services.  If you have an idea or suggestion to improve our county, please contact Kevin at: kbarnhardt@countyofberks.com 610.478.6136 ext. 4