Ambridge Police Chief James "Jimmy" Mann / Beaver Countian file photo by John Paul

The Pennsylvania State Police are ramping up investigations into Ambridge Police Chief James Mann after a group of officers from his department filed formal complaints against him, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.

Law enforcement sources tell the Beaver Countian that multiple officers in the Ambridge Borough Police Department held a private meeting last weekend to discuss the possibility of coming forward with information about their Chief, ultimately deciding they would contact the Pennsylvania State Police together. Sources say more than a dozen officers have given statements in recent days, which have included interviews recorded by investigators.

Along with the officers contacting state law enforcement, multiple sources say documents containing allegations about Chief Mann had previously been left at the home of Ambridge Mayor David Drewnowski. Mayor Drewnowski has traded barbs with Chief Mann since taking office — at one point each of the men have attempted to use their authority to prevent the other from entering the Borough’s Police Department.

Earlier this year, the Beaver Countian became aware of additional interviews conducted by State Police concerning James Mann, who has become a focus of the same investigators involved in other ongoing probes into municipal and county government.

Sources spoke to the Beaver Countian for this report on condition they not be identified by name.

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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Bill

A pretend tough guy with a gun and a badge. This guy has been rotten from the beginning.

HadEnough
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Let’s hope this is just the tip of the iceberg. Thank you John Paul for bringing this story to light. There are many who have suffered at the hands of Mann or at his direction.

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Pssssst…. Hey CUz,ain’t nobody going to fuck with Jimmy Mann. Jimmy Mann ain’t nobodys bitch. Jimmy Mann is the most interesting man in beaver county for a reason. Jimmy Mann can arrest 3 crack dealers, Jimmy Mann can talk down 2 bridge jumpers, Jimmy Mann can do interview with big AMY on 11, Cuz ,Jimmy Mann can bust 3 loads all on 1 shift.

Joey1956
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Joey1956

3 loads! LMFAO!

G.m
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G.m

Yeah I was one of the bridge jumpers he pulled down. Also I sent him a pic of my tits to get out of a parking ticket. He took me to but drugs once in the marked car and to top it all off he knows I don’t have a licence and yet Everytime he saw me driving he just acted obvious. He is one of the better officers in Ambridge. Depenhart and Zang as well.

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equalizer13

Never heard anything good about Mann but what took these guys so long to go forward? He must have pissed in someone’s Wheaties. Bad Chiefs produce BAD LEO’S then protect them. Look around the county. Hopewell has a professional chief and plays it straight. As for the rest of the county, what you all hiding?

Gray Squirrel
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Gray Squirrel

In all fairness , Brighton TWP Chief is a fair an honest guy, so are the patrolman under his leadership.

Purty
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Purty

I heard he ‘s hung!

ricimer
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ricimer

When the State and Federal investigators set there sights on the Beaver County Sheriffs Dept. the people of Beaver County will have reason to literally dance in the streets….