police department hopscotch in malvern….again

malvernPardon my questions, but I haven’t lived out here long enough to learn how it all rolls.  Today I would like to know if Malvern Borough seems to get its police chiefs from East Whiteland, then why isn’t there  just a combined force serving the Borough of Malvern and East Whiteland?  Don’t eliminate jobs, just put both departments together under one chief?

Anyway, it just seems odd.  I remember not so long ago they were talking about eliminating Malvern’s police department, weren’t they? But if the Borough can’t seem to keep a Chief of Police what the heck goes on in the Borough?  Hopscotch?

New Police Chief Named in Malvern Borough

Louis Marcelli, a sergeant with the East Whiteland Police, has replaced Mark Ercole as the head of the borough’s police department.

By Pete Kennedy Email the author March 11, 2013

The Malvern Police Department has a new leader.

Louis Marcelli, a sergeant in the East Whiteland Police Department, has assumed the role of acting police chief.

Marcelli took command March 6, according to Malvern Mayor Jerry McGlone. The previous chief, Mark Ercole, has returned to East Whiteland…….Ercole had been brought in to replace Chief Michael McMahon, whose termination followed a tumultuous period during which borough officials were considering disbanding the department. Ultimately, borough council opted instead for a change of leadership….East Whiteland Township is also providing police chief services to the Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police Department through June.

wow malvern borough sure is confusing….

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File under who’s on first and comings and goings – One chief leaving, old chief suing…good thing East Whiteland always has someone to spare for Malvern Borough….

Police Chief to Leave Malvern PD

Chief Mark Ercole will leave the Malvern Police Department in June, and it’s not clear who will take his place.

By Pete Kennedy Email the author 1:00 am

Malvern Police Chief Mark Ercole will return to the East Whiteland Police Department when the contract that brought him to the borough expires in June.

At a Borough Council meeting Tuesday night, Malvern Mayor Jerry McGlone said that Ercole had “respectfully requested that the borough not re-up the contract.” Ercole was an EWPD lieutenant when the borough and East Whiteland Township struck a one-year contract in 2012 for his services as police chief.

The borough is pursuing a similar contract with East Whiteland Township to bring another EWPD officer on as chief, but no plans have been finalized.

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Meanwhile….

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Fired Malvern police chief files lawsuit against the borough; heads to hearing

Published: Wednesday, February 06, 2013

By Richard Ilgenfritz
rilgenfritz@mainlinemedianews.com

The former Malvern police chief who was fired from his position last year has filed a federal lawsuit against borough and both sides are due in court Wednesday for a hearing in front of federal District Judge Joel H. Slomsky.

In November, Michael McMahon filed suit in federal court in Philadelphia naming the borough of Malvern, the individual members of the borough council and the mayor as defendants.

Wednesday morning both sides were scheduled to appear in court for a hearing on the borough’s motion to dismiss on grounds that McMahon failed to state a claim in the lawsuit.

In the suit, McMahon, through his attorney, Brian M. Puricelli, claims that the borough officials violated McMahon’s civil rights under the first and 14th amendments to the United States Constitution as well as Article I of the Pennsylvania Constitution, the Pennsylvania Whistle Blower Statute, and the Pennsylvania Workers Compensation act.

“The Borough acted negligently, grossly negligently, recklessly, purposefully, intentionally, and/or with deliberate indifference, causing and proximately causing injuries and harm to McMahon,” the complaint reads in part. Among the claims McMahon is arguing is that he was wrongfully terminated and cites a conspiracy on the part of borough officials….McMahon, a retired Philadelphia police officer for 26 years, was hired by the borough of Malvern to be its police chief in 2001, according to the civil complaint filed by McMahon. Prior to going to Malvern, McMahon was also a police chief in Coatesville for three years. According to his complaint, McMahon was being paid $91,000 a year with an additional $1,000 a month for health insurance at the time he was fired.

 

Well look on the bright side, they have a farmers’ market come spring time and maybe some day developer Eli Kahn will run for mayor…..and if we’re really lucky they will fix all those broken and heaved up sidewalks in the business district too….

totally nutty in malvern

The penny-wise and pound foolish award of the week goes to Malvern Borough Council.  It is being reported by Malvern Patch that they are thinking of ditching their police department.

With all the development they have approved for the future, they will need their police force more than ever.  You can’t outsource everything and police and fire are one of those things I feel you just shouldn’t.

It’s like they just don’t want to re-negotiate the contract that expired and would rather just throw these hard-working individuals away who have faithfully served their community as opposed to roling up their sleeves and getting back to work.

When you hear about local governments discussing addled ideas like this, well it makes you want to throw away the local borough council, doesn’t it?

I hope the people of Malvern rally to save those who protect and serve.

An April 17 public hearing has been set for residents to discuss the possibility of contracting police services out to another municipality.

By Pete Kennedy   March 7, 2012

The Malvern Police Department could be disbanded and replaced by contractual services of a police department from a nearby municipality. The Borough Council floated the idea at its work session Tuesday night and scheduled a public hearing on April 17 to gather residents’ input.

“Council has considered and wants to consider openly, publicly, the possibility of providing for our police services through an alternative means than our own police department,” council president Woody Van Sciver said.

The borough’s contract with its police officers expired in December, and negotiations have been ongoing to construct a new one.

“We’re questioning whether, as a small-town police force with five full-time officers, we can really provide the complement of police services that we really need,” he said