Small-town Police Chief Stirs Up a National Controversy

Posted by on February 4, 2014 at 10:32 pm.



Do you know about Gilberton Borough Police Chief Mark Kessler?


Let’s take some time to find out why this Law Enforcement Officer has made such a controversy in his borough of Gilberton, Pennsylvania.


Chief Kessler has very strong convictions about the government of the United States of America. Before being suspended for 30 days in August of 2013, Mark Kessler had been Chief of Police in the borough of Gilberton, PA for the last 7 years. As an officer, Kessler has been employed by the Gilberton Bourough for 15 years. Gilberton’s police force is not large. In fact, Mark Kessler is the only (official) officer in the entire borough. In addition to his affinity for pro-gun rights rhetoric, Kessler leads a following of supporters. Supporters are all armed and well-trained as active members in Kessler’s militia – the Constitution Security Force (CSF).


The following is a post Kessler made on his website explaining the necessity for such a militia:

“ALERT! Anyone interested in joining a reserve force with the Gilberton Borough Police Department ,contact Chief Kessler immediately for details! Due to our Country’s current situation I’m compelled to form an auxiliary force, DHS ( Department of Home Land Security ) is stock piling ammunition , Stock Piling Machine guns at a alarming rate! I believe we have no choice for what MAY OR MAY NOT happen shortly!, Ask yourself this one question, can you walk into any sporting good store and purchase 22LR, 9mm, 45ACP , 40 caliber,, 5.56/223 , 7.62×51 or 308 ammunition in quantity’s more then a box or two ? (OR ANY AT ALL) if you answer No, ask yourself why ???? I’ll tell you why because the GOVERNMENT is STOCKPILING BILLIONS of rounds of ammunition! (for what ????) even the police can’t get ammo ! DHS has enough weapons and ammo to wage a 30 year GROUND war, ( BUT ON WHO and WHY ) what is wrong with this picture???, Maybe the tyrants want to take as much ammo off the civilian market AS POSSIBLE! either way it’s very disturbing!”



To protect the borough’s 2nd Amendment rights, Kessler drafted a piece of legislation entitled “The 2nd Amendment Preservation Resolution”. The legislation was approved by the Gilberton Borough Council on January 24, 2013. Kessler related that the legislation will ensure that the people of Gilberton’s Second Ammendment rights will not be infringed upon.


Among statements Kessler made concerning gun ownership, he also offers insight about America’s forefathers. “First,” he begins, “our founding fathers learned from their experiences! Coming from a tyrannical dictatorship country that looked down on the people as peasants, often killing thousands, taking property, raping wives/daughters and much more. Our founding fathers came to America to start a new life free from tyranny, oppression and dictatorship, to live free and express freedom without reprisals from Dictators,” he continues. “They drafted the constitution specifically adding the 2nd Amendment to protect themselves from the government, period! The Second Amendment has nothing to do with hunting or sporting purposes whatsoever.


On July 15, 2013 Kessler released videos on Youtube that related his frustration with America’s leaders and gun control. In particular, Kessler is not happy with John Kerry or Nancy Pelosi’s stance on the US Constitution’s Second Ammendment.

Check out what he has to say:


The videos stirred up the Gilberton Council, resulting in a meeting scheduled on July 31, 2013 to discuss Kessler’s future employment. After 55 minutes of deliberation (behind closed doors), Kessler was given a 30-day suspension without pay.


What ensued afterwards was an impromptu press conference, where citizens were allowed to voice their concerns and pose questions. Whether it was peaceful or not is up to you, since there are allegations claiming Kessler’s Security Force surrounded the town hall to intimidate the public. Whether or not this happened, the people were not pleased with the 30-day suspension without pay.


The Gilberton Mayor, Mary Lou Hannon, stated that she hopes the incident “won’t leave a bad taste in his mouth” and that he will return to duty. The citizens of Gilberton have a different plan. Many people are outraged at Kessler’s actions, and feel the need to not only have him removed from office, but to have the National Guard swoop in and disarm Kessler and his supporters. Activating the National Guard would require the President of the United States to review the situation. In order to get the attention of the white house, a petition with at 100,000 signatures must first be presented.


Keystone Progress, a progressive organization, delivered a petition bearing 20,000 signatures demanding Kessler’s termination. In 2011 the town population was 765 persons. The deliverer of the Keystone Progress petition was Michael Morrill, the Executive Director of Keystone Progress. The petition can not be found on the White House’s “We the People” website, besides, Morrill will need 80,000 more signatures to move forward with disarming Kessler.

Instead, there are a couple of Facebook pages:


Try Chief Kessler for Treason
Try Chief Kessler for Treason



Kessler was later suspended indefinitely without pay at an August 31st Gilberton Borough Council meeting. A termination hearing was later scheduled for October 19th, but was cut short when a Kessler supporter accidently dropped a loaded handgun onto the floor. A termination hearing is necessary to give governmental employees due process before an official termination can be executed. Kessler ran for Schuylkill County Sheriff in September of 2013, despite failed attempts by the Gilberton Borough to fire him, but lost by over 19,000 votes.

Kessler delivered an apology via Youtube:


Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce President, Tony Iannelli, hosts a weekly program that airs Monday’s at 7:30pm on WFMZ-Ch. 69 in Pennsylvania. WFMZ reaches 2.7 million cable, satellite, and over air with antenna households from Hazelton to the Jersey Shore. Mark Kessler was a guest on the show on October 21, 2013.

Check out the full-length episode:



Recently an agreement seems to have halted all legal hearings, as both sides are now negotiating behind closed doors. The Gilberton Borough Council’s lawyer is now negotiating details of an agreement with Kessler’s attorney, Joseph Nahas.




Learn more about Chief Kessler:

Mark Kessler’s Twitter feed.

Mark Kessler’s Weekly Radio Show

Mark Kessler’s Home Page.

Mark Kessler’s Youtube



Contact Chief Kessler:

CSF/Chief Kessler
P.O BOX 372
Frackville, Pa 17931

Phone: (330) 871-9605


Contact the Gilberton Police Department:

Attn: Chief Of Police
Gilberton Borough Police Department
2710 Main street
Mahanoy Plane, Pa 17949





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