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New developments in Police Chief Mark Kessler controversy

By Bo Koltnow, Reporter, BKoltnow@wfmz.com
Published On: Jan 23 2014 05:00:02 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 23 2014 06:33:18 PM CST

The hearing about whether or not Gilberton Borough can outright fire Police Chief Mark Kessler was set for Friday in Lackawanna County, but plans were changed and the hearing was cancelled after the issue was apparently resolved.

GILBERTON BOROUGH, Pa. -

The hearing about whether or not Gilberton Borough can outright fire Police Chief Mark Kessler was set for Friday in Lackawanna County, but plans were changed and the hearing was cancelled after the issue was apparently resolved.

Kessler's profanity laced YouTube videos attracted nationwide attention for Kessler and his pro-gun stance.

Gilberton's Mayor could not go into details about the canceled hearing due to legal issues involving Mark Kessler.

The issues over free speech and what's acceptable behavior outside of work divided the community.

Many called for the Police Chief to be fired.

Kessler was suspended, not for the videos, but for what the borough said he did or didn't do while on the job.

This included neglecting official duties, failing to turn over borough weapons and using vulgar or derogatory language.

Termination hearings started last fall.

An October hearing was cut short after a Kessler supporter dropped a loaded handgun on the floor.

Despite Kessler filing an injunction to keep the proceedings in Schuylkill County, the hearing was moved to Lackawanna County and set for Friday Jan. 24 before being cancelled.

A courthouse employee said the matter has been resolved.
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Gilberton Council will address the Kessler issue at a meeting starting at 7 o'clock. Stay with WFMZ.com and 69 News at 10 for more information.