The appointment requires City Council confirmation.
Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk has appointed Brian Manley Chief of the Austin Police Department. The appointment requires City Council confirmation.
Cronk will hold a press conference at Austin City Hall at 2:30 p.m. today to announce the appointment. Chief Manley will be present at the news conference. This press conference will be carried live on ATXN and ATXN.tv.
“I received an incredible amount of feedback from the community and it was informative in my decision-making process,” Cronk said. “Brian Manley has been an extraordinary public servant dedicating 28 years of his life to Austin and protecting its citizens. I strongly believe there is not a better candidate to serve our community and lead our police force.”
Manley was appointed Interim Chief of Austin Police in December 2016 and has served his entire law enforcement career – spanning almost three decades – with the Austin Police Department. He was named APD’s Chief of Staff in January 2015 after serving as an Assistant Chief for three years.
Over the past month Chief Manley participated in two televised town halls and met with various public safety stakeholders. The City of Austin hired GovHR USA to compile a report of all of the public feedback and facilitate interview panels.
“As part of the interview and public engagement process, themes emerged on areas for improvement of the Austin Police Department,” said Cronk. “I have asked that Chief Manley focus on five key areas including safety, community policing and transparency, staffing, training, and equity and inclusion.”
An item will be placed on the June 14 City Council meeting to confirm the appointment. This is required by state law.
Friday, June 8, 2:30 p.m.
News Conference Room, Austin City Hall, 301 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701