Gilberton, PA Police Chief, Mark Kessler, has caused quite a stir. Apparently, he upset some folks with profanity. He had a, shall we say, interesting way of apologizing…
But Gilberton Mayor Mary Lou Hannon noted that Kessler’s actions came during his “free time,” and said it would be “terribly inappropriate to comment.”
“As you may already know, the Borough of Gilberton supports the U.S.Constitution, as well as the Pennsylvania Constitution, and therefore has made no law which would impede its employees’ First Amendment rights,” she said in a press release. “Anyone asking the borough to take action against the chief, when he has committed no illegal act, no violation of policy and no misuse of borough time, is asking that we establish an official political view of the borough and impose it upon one or more of our employees, which would obviously be unconstitutional. Each member of council, each employee and each citizen is not only entitled to their own political opinions but also the right to express them. We will not take action to quash free speech, whether or not each member of council or any member of council agrees with it.”
And in that statement, the Mayor of a tiny PA town displayed more common sense and logical thinking than in all of Washington DC.