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Manley for chief?
Thursday, March 22, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano
Given the events of the past few weeks, and the fact that he’s been in the position for more than a year, it makes sense that some on City Council might want to see Interim Police Chief Brian Manley given the position permanently. That was made crystal clear on Wednesday, when City Council Member Delia Garza took the step of forecasting an unusual amendment on today’s agenda Item 47. Her post on the City Council Message Board reads, in part, “Our community has been through what is arguably the biggest public safety crisis we have experienced together as a community. While many watched the news safely from home, but on edge, the men and women of law enforcement ran to the bombs and explosions. I ask, in light of recent events, that we as a council put our full support behind two measures: 1. Approve the appointment of Interim Chief Brian Manley as our permanent Chief (if/when the City Manager seeks this approval) 2. Negotiate and APPROVE a contract with the Austin Police Association as quickly as possible.” The amendment is unusual in that it seeks an approval for something prior to it being sought – City Manager Spencer Cronk has the power to appoint the police chief, though City Council can veto his selection. The amendments would be added to a resolution that concerns police staffing in general.
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