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.
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.
Malvern Borough and East Whiteland Township entered into a contract in June 2012 for the township to provide police chief services for one year, with an option to extend the contract.
Marcelli will serve at least through June 2013, completing the original contract.
"Our intention, assuming everything works the way we expect it will work, is to re-up for additional year," McGlone said.
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.
"Mark has been a wonderful addition to Malvern. He helped us out tremendously," McGlone said. "Lou will do just as good a job."
East Whiteland Township is also providing police chief services to the Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police Department through June. East Whiteland Chief Eugene Dooley is splitting his time between the two departments as WEGO searches for a permanent chief.