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Controversial, suspended police chief one step closer to firing

By Jamie Peter, WFMZ.com Reporter, JPeter@wfmz.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 06:50:14 AM CST
Updated On: Sep 20 2013 09:21:52 AM CDT

One step closer to firing Kessler

GILBERTON, Pa. -

Suspended Gilberton police Chief Mark Kessler said he was expecting to be fired Thursday night.

It turns out, it wasn't an on-the-spot firing, but the borough council has started the process of giving Kessler the boot.  

Kessler has drawn national attention for profanity-laced gun rights' videos posted on YouTube.

He had been suspended indefinitely for using borough weapons without permission in his videos.

Members of the GIlberton Borough Council met Thursday night, and the members made it known they want Kessler fired.

The council voted six to one to suspend Kessler pending termination. Council President Daniel Malloy said Kessler has 10 days to appeal.

"No surprise. We knew it was coming," Kessler said after the meeting with his attorney, Joseph Nahas, by his side.

Nahas said he will request a public hearing next week.

"The same people who are moving for termination are the same people who are going to vote to terminate him," said Nahas.

After a hearing earlier in the day, Nahas said the accusations against Kessler include misuse of borough property, neglect of official duties and failure to turn over weapons to the borough. After Thursday night's meeting, Kessler said he thinks this is all happening for one reason.

"Because of my videos. I believe because of my videos," he said.