Investigation targets former detective Rick Alli
Alli joined the Youngstown Police Department in 1975.
YOUNGSTOWN -- A former city police detective sergeant who now works for Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann is being investigated by Youngstown and other law enforcement agencies on allegations of double-dipping and other matters, Mayor Jay Williams said Thursday evening.
Rick Alli, who is the attorney general's chief of law enforcement operations, is being investigated for being on the city's payroll at the same time he was working for the attorney general, Williams said.
The mayor said Alli has not held an official position with the city since he began working for the state.
Williams said Alli also is being investigated for other matters, but he would not comment on the specifics.
A spokesman for Dann declined comment Thursday evening, but he said there would be more information on Alli and his status today.
Dann created the Cabinet-level post of chief of law enforcement operations with a police officer in mind when he began his term .
"I didn't want this person to be a lawyer, but a real cop," Dann said when he announced Alli's appointment in January.
Alli oversees the law enforcement functions performed by the office; acts as Dann's liaison to local police departments, sheriffs' offices and other first responders; and serves as the attorney general's primary adviser and counselor on law enforcement issues.
Alli joined the Youngstown Police Department as an auxiliary police officer in 1975.
He was hired full time in 1978, and was the YPD's public information officer until his appointment by Dann. Alli handled a number of duties including being a supervisor of the vice squad, was in charge of the background investigations and human resources department and coordinated the Greater Youngstown Crime Stoppers program.