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Gilberton Borough Mayor: Settlement With Kessler Could Happen Any Day

A settlement could be on the horizon between suspended Gilberton Police Chief Mark Kessler and borough officials.
Gilberton, Schuylkill County - After months of negotiations a settlement could be on the horizon between suspended Gilberton Police Chief Mark Kessler and borough officials.

Chief Kessler was suspended in July after several profanity laced videos using borough guns got national attention.

Eyewitness News first learned of this latest development regarding the embattled police chief when a hearing that was set for Friday in Lackawanna County to determine his employment status got canceled.

Chief Kessler has been suspended by the council without pay, not for the videos, but rather for reportedly taking borough property without permission.

Termination hearings started last fall.

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

At Thursday night's council meeting councilors approved a motion to continue negotiations with Kessler on a settlement.

The vote was approve with a vote of 4-1, with one council member removing himself from the vote.

Gilberton Borough Mayor Mary Lou Hannon told Eyewitness News negotiations between the borough and Kessler have been going on for months.

"We reached a point now where it's in the final stages," she said.

Hannon wouldn't comment on what's included in the settlement, or if Kessler would retain his job, but said an announcement could happen in the next few days.

"I'm not able to answer that right now," Hannon said. "Because we're in the final stages. You're going to have to wait until the appropriate time and we can answer all those questions then."

Kessler, and his attorney, weren't at Thursday's meeting.
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