McNeely to leave West Chester for Lower Merion
LOWER MERION West Chester Borough Manager Ernie B. McNeely has accepted an offer from Lower Merion Township commissioners to become the next township manager.
The announcement was made Wednesday night at the monthly Board of Commissioners meeting, Commissioner V. Scott Zelov said. The appointment will become final after contract negotiations and background checks.
"I was not looking to go anywhere from West Chester," McFeely said Thursday. "It really is an opportunity that, at this point in my career, I felt I wanted to take on."
McNeely, 58, has been the borough manager in West Chester since 1987. He will be moving from a community with a population of 18,461 permanent residents and a current $30 million annual operating budget to one with 60,000 residents and an approximate $59 million operating budget.
The Lower Merion position opened in January with the retirement of Township Manager Douglas S. Cleland. Robert E. Duncan, director of the building and planning department, has been serving as interim manager. - Carolyn Davis