Philly Chief Inspector William Colarulo new Radnor top cop

Posted: February 15, 2011

Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector William Colarulo was expected to be named last night as the new head of Radnor Township's Police Department.

Colarulo, 52, beat out dozens of law-enforcement veterans from New York, New Jersey and Ohio who had applied for the coveted job, said Robert Zienkowski, the township manager.

His hiring was temporarily put on hold last month after the seven members of the Radnor Board of Commissioners received e-mails about a lawsuit filed more than a decade ago against Philadelphia by three city cops.

The officers, who were white, claimed that they had faced retaliation from Colarulo and others when they complained in 1998 about discriminatory treatment of black officers in North Philly's 25th District, where Colarulo was then captain.

The officers were awarded a $900,000 settlement in 2009.

Zienkowski said that the township's solicitor and labor council spoke with a number of people involved with the lawsuit and came away believing that Colarulo was still the right person for the job.

"We put a lot of weight into this decision," he said. "Based on the work Bill did in a city as large as Philadelphia, and his overall philosophy, we feel he's the right candidate."

Colarulo joined the Philadelphia Police Department in June 1981.

He won the Daily News' George Fencl Award in 1998 for reducing violent crime in the 25th District. Over the years, he served as the head of the department's public-affairs unit and the Internal Affairs Bureau. He recently oversaw the Police Academy and the radio communications room.

"I'll always love the Philadelphia Police Department," Colarulo said last night. "As much as I'll miss Philadelphia, I'm really looking forward to forging new relationships with the people of Radnor Township."

Zienkowski said Colarulo will take control of Radnor's 41-member police department on March 14.

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