Connell Police Chief Fired

<p>Michael Kessler</p>

Michael Kessler

The police chief in Connell has been fired after city officials accuse him of alleged sexual harassment and viewing pornography on a city-issued cellphone.

In Police Chief Michael Kessler's termination letter, written this week by Connell Mayor Garland Walton, it states Kessler's actions "constitute incompetency, inefficiency and inattention to duties."  Walton says he will lead the police department until a new chief is hired.

The city cited several misconduct problems with Kessler. Officials say he sexually harassed two women, made suggestive comments to a third and watched pornography on a city-issued cellphone. They say his staff was not up to date on training, that he failed to conduct performance reviews and hired reserve officers without council approval.