Suspended Ambridge Police Chief Facing Charges

James Mann was put on administrative leave in April

Shelby Cassesse
August 23, 2018 - 12:54 pm

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Nine charges have been filed against suspended Ambridge Police Chief James Mann.

Mann was placed on administrative leave for a state police investigation in April after multiple officers made complaints about him.

According to the criminal complaint, he is facing multiple charges that including theft by deception, insurance fraud, obstruction, witness intimidation, harassment and more. Mann is accused of threatening several members of the Ambridge Police Department with firing them to influence their decisions and opinions. The criminal complaint also says Mann submitted a signed time sheets for 738 hours of compansaory time while only having 120 hours available to him. 

Mann's attorney Stephen Colafella said the charges were laughable.

"Despite all the evidence to the contrary, they seem determined to do this no matter what. I got the complaint today. I almost laughed out loud." 

Colafella accused the Ambridge Police and Mayor David Drewnowski of targeting Chief Mann. 

"It is a case that is motivated entirely by a handful of insurgents, a new mayor who made no secret of the fact that he was going to get rid of Chief Mann."

Mayor Drewnowski denied the claims.

"That's false," he said. "Do I have power over how many police officers? I can't make them say what they want to say. Who am I? I'm just the mayor."

According to Colafella, the borough will have a meeting next week to determine Mann's employment status. 

Mann was released on unsecured bond. 

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