Foul-mouthed Pa. chief 'voluntarily retired'

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 21, 2014 at 4:52 pm •  Published: February 21, 2014

A small-town Pennsylvania police chief who gained notoriety for his profanity-laced Internet tirades about the Second Amendment and liberals has left the department — and could star in his own reality TV show.

Gilberton officials reached a settlement agreement with Mark Kessler on Thursday that pays him $30,000 and considers him as "separated from his employment and voluntarily retired," according to the document, released to The Associated Press through an open-records request Friday.

"The matter's been amicably resolved," said borough attorney John Dean. "Gilberton's moving on, as is Chief Kessler."

Borough officials suspended Kessler last year, then began the process of firing him, after he posted videos of himself shooting borough-owned automatic weapons and cursing liberals and others. The videos garnered hundreds of thousands of views online. Kessler has acknowledged they're inflammatory, but said he posted them to draw attention to the erosion of Second Amendment and other constitutional rights.

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