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Friday, June 19, 2020 by Audrey McGlinchy, KUT

Austin Police Chief Brian Manley will keep his job, city says, despite calls for his removal

Austin Police Chief Brian Manley will stay in his position, a city spokesperson confirmed in an email Thursday.

“I have had very pointed conversations with Chief Manley over the last several weeks,” City Manager Spencer Cronk said in the email. “He has assured me he is sincerely committed to making the reforms necessary.”

Local activists have called for Manley to be fired, but the police chief cannot be fired, per state law. Instead, he can only be demoted to the position he held before chief, and the only person who has the power to do that is Cronk.

Over the past two weeks, five Council members publicly called for new leadership at the police department or asked Manley to resign, after police seriously injured at least two people during protests against systemic racism and police violence.

“I believe the honorable thing would be for you to resign,” Council Member Greg Casar told Manley earlier this month.

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Key Players & Topics In This Article

Austin City Council: The Austin City Council is the body with legislative purview over the City of Austin. It offers policy direction, while the office of the City Manager implements administrative actions based on those policies. Until 2012, the body contained seven members, including the city's Mayor, all elected at-large. In 2012, City of Austin residents voted to change that system and now 10 members of the Council are elected based on geographic districts. The Mayor continues to be elected at-large.

Austin Police Department: the law enforcement entity for the City of Austin.

City Manager Spencer Cronk

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