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Settlement reached for controversial police chief

By Bo Koltnow, Reporter, BKoltnow@wfmz.com
Published On: Feb 21 2014 05:08:42 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 21 2014 06:12:47 PM CST

A settlement has been reached between outspoken Schuylkill County Police Chief Mark Kessler and the Borough of Gilberton.

GILBERTON, Pa. -

A settlement has been reached between outspoken Schuylkill County Police Chief Mark Kessler and the Borough of Gilberton.

"I'm very pleased we were able to sit down and amicably resolve this matter,"Gilberton Mayor Mary Lou Hannon said.

Kessler was suspended this past summer after posting profanity laced YouTube tirades.

The calls for his firing started shortly after.

Termination hearings were held this past fall. However, Kessler fired back demanding public hearings of his own.

But now through a settlement neither the Borough nor Kessler admits to wrong doing.

Kessler walks away with $30,000.

Hannon said the money will be paid out over the next two years.

In exchange, Kessler can't have any contact with borough and their families.

Ironically this outspoken defender of free speech is barred from publicly discussing the settlement or any Gilberton official.

Even though Kessler is gone from Borough hall, you haven't seen the last of him.

He says he signed a deal with a production company for a reality show.

Kessler said the show will be based in Pennsylvania.

It's not known when the show will air.

Kessler said it's in the hands of the producers.

At least one borough resident, who didn't want to be identified said she won't be watching.

"It just goes to show all you have to do is go out and make a fool of yourself and you can make money off it," she said.

As for the borough, Hannon says Kessler's money will come out of the general fund and a payment plan has been reached with borough attorneys to pay the more than $25,000 in legal bills.