Local acting police chief placed on leave after arrest on felony drug charges

PORTVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) — An officer tasked with enforcing laws and administering a police department is facing felony drug charges after another law enforcement agency placed him under arrest.

Officials with the New York State Police investigated then arrested 52-year-old Portville acting Police Chief Ronald Brisbee on Wednesday. Police say they investigated Brisbee for illegally providing pain pills to another person while on duty.

After their investigation, New York State troopers say they sought Brisbee, then charged him with fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and official misconduct. Since his arrest, police say he has been put on administrative leave by the village of Portville.

Following his arraignment, a judge released Brisbee without bail.

Portville Mayor Emily Woodhead said she and other village officials were shocked to hear of Brisbee’s arrest, considering he had an otherwise clean record.

“It was totally out of the blue,” Woodhead said. “We have many questions.”

In the meantime, Woodhead said the village will fill Brisbee’s post with part time officers, as the case moves forward.

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