SUNBURY - The Sunbury police chief has been demoted.

Steve Mazzeo, who accepted the role of chief six years ago under former Mayor Jess Woodring, was demoted Monday during a city meeting, according to The Daily Item.

"The decision was based on serious personnel issues that will not be discussed in public," Mayor David Persing said, reading from a prepared statement.

Mazzeo is an active duty officer, but is currently on a two-week leave of absence with pay and benefits, Persing said.

The newspaper reported Cpl. Brad Hare will take over as chief of police for the next 90 days.