Monroeville council names new chief; Some residents dispute choice

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MONROEVILLE, Pa. - Monroeville named a new police chief Thursday night, but not without controversy over the council's decision.

Monroeville city council appointed Steve Pascarella as the new permanent chief. Pascarella had been serving as the interim chief since Doug Cole was removed without cause from his position last month.

Cole was reassigned as sergeant and residents have turned out at meetings to support the former chief.

Channel 11's Dave Bondy reported that Pascarella was the only person interviewed for the position and he doesn't have a bachelor's degree -- which is a requirement for the chief's job.

"Obviously Chief Pascarella is a very qualified officer but I'm not happy with them reducing the education requirements at this time. Our former chief and our prior chief at the time had degrees," said Mayor Greg Erosenko.

According to Channel 11's news exchange partners at TribLIVE, taxpayers began paying for Pascarella's post-high school education when he was promoted to assistant chief in 2011.              

Next week council is scheduled to vote to continue paying for his education so he can earn a degree from Point Park University.