CURWENSVILLE, CLEARFIELD COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — The Curwensville Borough Council unanimously voted to reinstate chief Mark Kelly after a 20-minute executive session.
Following that motion, the council then unanimously voted to demote him to patrolman.
“I surely hope that officer Kelly takes this as a warning,” council member Rhonda Carfley said.
Carfley said they had no choice but to reinstate Kelly because he’s under union contract.
Council also released the reason why Kelly was fired.
“He did not perform his duties to the standards of a policeman by having a parolee in custody and not detaining them for the amount of time the state patrol agents had asked for him to wait,” Carfley said.
Kelly will receive back pay for the time he missed and will receive the same salary because of his union contract that expires at the end of the year.
Some were unhappy with the decision, but understand why it was made.
“They had no choice,” resident and former council member Joe Wills said. “They have a choice when they renew the contract what they want to do with the police.”
There will be no chief as of now. Council has no plans to hire a new chief at this time.
The mayor will be responsible for creating the police officers’ schedules.