A retired U.S. postal inspector and Air Force officer is one of four candidates for the magisterial district judge position covering Palmyra Borough and North Londonderry, South Londonderry, East Hanover, and Cold Spring townships.

Palmyra resident Michael Corricelli, 54, will appear on the Republican ballot at the May 16 primary election, joining fellow candidates David Warner, Cynthia Lyons, and Dennis Eckenrode.

Garver’s successor will be chosen at the Nov. 14 municipal general election.

Unlike the other three, Corricelli has decided to run only on the Republican ballot, rather than cross-file on both the Republican and Democratic ballots.

The position became open when incumbent MDJ Carl Garver announced last December that he would not seek reelection when his second six-year term expires in January 2024.

MDJs handle “small claims” cases such as traffic and minor criminal cases, preliminary stages of misdemeanor and felony criminal cases, landlord-tenant disputes, and civil lawsuits involving up to $12,000. 

“I am excited by the opportunity to serve the Palmyra community as a magisterial district judge,” Corricelli told LebTown. “I will use my proven experience as a decorated veteran and veteran law enforcement officer to ensure the Palmyra community is a safer place to live, work, and raise a family.”

“As required of any judge, I have the practical legal knowledge and experience required to make clear and concise decisions based on the circumstances of each case and the rule of law,” he added.

Corricelli has been a senior civil investigator with FSA Federal, a private company that provides administrative, legal, and investigative services to federal law enforcement and national security organizations, since June 2022. There, he investigates claims of fraud against the federal government, and is currently working with the U.S. Department of Justice.

From 2001 until 2022, he was a United States postal inspector, stationed in Bremerton, in Washington state, and Harrisburg.

At the Postal Service, he concentrated on undercover operations to locate, identify, and prosecute child sex offenders, and testified in court as an expert witness. He was cross-trained in narcotics trafficking investigations, was a firearms and tactics instructor, and served as a bomb and hazmat investigator.

Before that, Corricelli spent 12 1/2 years as a U.S. Air Force officer,  retiring from the Air Force Reserve with the rank of major.

While in the Air Force, he spent time with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and its Air Force equivalent, the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. At each, he handled criminal investigations, including child physical and sexual abuse, child death, and child exploitation matters.  

In 1995, he was deployed by AFOSI to Khobar, Saudi Arabia. 

Corricelli has been an adjunct instructor of criminal justice at Lebanon Valley College since 2009.

He has an undergraduate degree in criminal science from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, and a master’s degree in forensic sciences from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he completed a fellowship with the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology.

MDJs are state employees. The salaried position paid $98,565 in 2022. A 7.8% pay raise this year, indexed to inflation, will push their annual salary $106,253.

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Chris Coyle

Chris Coyle writes primarily on government, the courts, and business. He retired as an attorney at the end of 2018, after concentrating for nearly four decades on civil and criminal litigation and trials. A career highlight was successfully defending a retired Pennsylvania state trooper who was accused,...


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