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Duquesne Officially Removes Police Chief

Dunlevy case headed to trial in January

By Tom Leturgey
The Tube City Almanac
December 07, 2022
Posted in: Duquesne News

Duquesne City Council has officially terminated former police Chief Tom Dunlevy.

At this week’s meeting, council voted 5-0 to adopt a resolution terminating “Employee X” from the police department.

City Solicitor Myron Sainovich confirmed that Dunlevy was the unnamed employee and noted that former chief did not attend recent meetings with Duquesne officials prior to the decision.

Dunlevy, 50, of Duquesne has been on leave from the department since December 2021, when he was charged by Allegheny County police with intimidation of witnesses, intimidation or retaliation in a child abuse case, obstructing the administration of law and official oppression.

Dunlevy was accused of threatening the father of a 15-year-old girl who was in a relationship with one of the chief’s friends, who was a member of the Duquesne Fire Department.

One charge was withdrawn at a preliminary hearing on Dec. 20, 2021, but the others were waived to Allegheny County Common Pleas Court. Dunlevy is currently free on $25,000 bond pending a trial in January before Judge Randal B. Todd, according to court records.

As litigation continued, Dunlevy never returned to the Duquesne police force. Tom Shaw has been serving as acting police chief.

Former Mayor Nickole Nesby had appointed Dunlevy to the post in 2018, but she lost the mayor’s post last year to another former Duquesne police Chief, Scott Adams. Adams had been the police chief prior to Dunlevy.

While campaigning, Adams had vowed to take charge of the city’s police department. The City of Duquesne Police Department currently stands at 13 officers.

Tom Leturgey is a freelance writer based in Pittsburgh and the editor of KSWA Digest, the online news and features home of the Keystone State Wrestling Alliance. His work also appears in The Valley Mirror and other publications.

Originally published December 07, 2022.

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