Ambridge Council during their April 10, 2018 meeting / photo provided courtesy Ambridge Connection

Ambridge Borough Council voted unanimously during tonight’s meeting to place Police Chief James Mann on paid administrative leave and to hire a private security firm to investigate the town’s police department. The move by Ambridge Council comes after over a dozen officers with the town’s department provided statements to the Pennsylvania State Police who are conducting an ongoing criminal investigation into Chief Mann.

Council voted to place Mann on paid leave pending their own investigation to be conducted by CSI Corporate Security and Investigations, a private investigative firm run by Lou Gentile. Gentile is a former Chairman of the Beaver County Democratic Committee and has previously served as Campaign Chairman for Sheriff George David.

“The motions that were added to the agenda this evening under items 10, 11, and 12, address matters of personnel,” said Ambridge Solicitor Richard Start during the meeting. “As such, they are confidential and privileged in nature. I notice that the media is present tonight, you are welcome. I know that your job is to report the news, and certainly this is news. I know that you will probably ask questions. I will tell you in advance as a courtesy, that at my direction I have instructed members of Council and the Mayor to not give any comment on these matters because of the very nature of them being privileged and confidential […] They would like to share with you insight, but not now […] These people donate a great deal of their time to their community and it’s a hardship for them and I’d ask you to respect that.”

Along with placing Chief Mann on leave, Council also voted unanimously to place an unnamed officer on an unpaid disciplinary suspension for 30 days. Multiple law enforcement sources tell the Beaver Countian the officer suspended was placed on administrative suspension last week, and that his disciplinary suspension is not related to accusations made by officers in the Ambridge Police Department against their Chief. Law enforcement sources say the patrolman has the support of his fellow officers whose bargaining unit has retained counsel to represent him in disciplinary proceedings.

News of the criminal investigation into Ambridge Police Chief James Mann by the Pennsylvania State Police was first revealed early thismorning by the Beaver Countian.

See Also:

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Prominent Democrats Planning Revolt Against Chairman Lou Gentile – May Abandon Party To Form New Committee

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In the interest of full disclosure: In 2014, Chief James Mann was called as a defense witness on behalf of then-Sheriff George David during his criminal trial — the Beaver Countian’s John Paul was one of the named victims of George David in the Grand Jury’s presentment against him. Then-Sheriff David was acquitted by a jury of the criminal charges filed by Pennsylvania State Police.

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John Paul is the founder of the Beaver Countian. He reports full-time for the site, specializing in investigative journalism with an emphasis on public corruption.

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Kari
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Kari

Yes hire a man who has worked with chief mann under the same bad officer…good idea so yes this is going to go no where

Little Jimmy
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Little Jimmy

CSI. Lou Gentile. This is who get to do your investigation?! Idiots.

buzzkill
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buzzkill

First of all. Lou Gentile ? Are you kidding me ? Sound like the start of sweeping this under the carpet.

Mann and David are good friends. So you can connect those dots pretty quickly.

Secondly, Police should not be unionized. It’s only more of the so called “Thin Blue Line” covering for crappy conduct of their members. To get suspended from the Ambridge police force you got to be really Fucked Up. Because in Ambridge, they tolerate so much bullshit from their cops that it is unbelievable.

ricimer
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ricimer

Lou Gentile investigate– another insult to the people of Beaver County. How absurdly corrupt can this get. The people of Beaver County are going to take this shit. Unbelievable … Why not get George david and his brothers to investigate also.

Breaker Chains
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Breaker Chains

It’s a sad day!