Cresson police chief resigns

CRESSON – As part of a settlement agreement authorized by Borough Council Monday, Police Chief Jeff Kopsic will be submitting a letter of resignation.

Borough Solicitor Calvin J. Webb said Kopsics resignation was part of a settlement, details of which he would not disclose except to say its unrelated to a years-old federal case involving a borough officer using a stun gun on a man who was allegedly fleeing from a search.

Kopsic had been employed by the borough for 12 years, eight of them as chief. Council agreed to pay him a sum of not more than $2,500 for accrued sick leave, vacation and personal time.

As part of the settlement, the borough also will withdraw an appeal of unemployment compensation for Kopsic; Webb said the settlement does not affect an ongoing work injury claim.

Webb said he anticipates the settlement should be finalized within the next few weeks, at which time the document will be made public.

Council President Joseph Pupo said Kopsic had been on suspension since Dec. 16, with Brad Klock serving as officer in charge.

Pupo said no criminal charges have been or likely will be filed against Kopsic by the borough.

There were no set plans as of Monday to replace Kopsic.