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Cresson Borough police chief resigns amid speculation
By: Maria Miller
CRESSON BOROUGH, Pa. -- A Cambria County police chief is stepping down; the reasons behind it, though, are unknown.
6 News knew of Cresson Borough Police Chief Jeff Kopsic's suspension months ago but was never able to confirm it.
Both the current and former Cresson borough mayor said they didn't know anything and the borough council president repeatedly said he couldn't comment. On Monday night, at their monthly meeting, council voted to accept Kopsic's resignation but still have not released the details surrounding it.
Kopsic was an officer with the Cresson Borough Police Department for the past 12 years and served as chief for the last eight until his suspension this past December.
Rumors about the reason for his suspension and now resignation have swirled about the small town for months but no one really knows what happened. Some said there was misconduct by Kopsic, others have told 6 News he and council were not getting along.
On Monday night, borough council voted to accept Kopsic's resignation as part of a settlement. Borough Solicitor Calvin Webb said the borough has agreed to pay him no more than $2,500 for accrued sick leave, vacation and personal time, but he wouldn't give any further details.
6 News did confirm Tuesday that Kopsic is being represented by well-known Altoona defense attorney Tom Dickey, but Dickey said there were some nondisclosure agreements preventing him from commenting on the case right now.
Once the settlement is finalized in a few weeks it will become public record, but there's no guarantee even then that the details behind it will come out.
Webb said he understands the frustrations of those with questions but said he just can't comment on personnel issues.