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Police chief placed on administrative leave, under investigation

AMBRIDGE, Pa. — The Ambridge police chief has just been placed on administrative leave.

Tuesday, the Borough Council unanimously voted to put James Mann on leave because of a Pennsylvania State Police investigation.

They also voted to bring in their own outside private investigation company to assess the police department.

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The council was extremely tight lipped about the investigation.


It's still unclear what triggered the investigation.

Channel 11 reached out to Mann and state police, but we haven't heard back yet.

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Mann was sued a couple of years ago in federal court after the owner of an Ambridge bar claimed the chief demanded kickbacks to keep his bar open. When he refused to pay, he claimed, Mann and another officer filed false reports so the bar would be declared a nuisance.

Court records show that case was dismissed with prejudice in 2016.

There is no indication that lawsuit is connected to this investigation.