Brian Manley was announced interim Chief of Police for the City of Austin Friday, November 18. He will step into the role December 1, after Chief Art Acevedo leaves for Houston.
“Brian Manley has been a dedicated police officer with City of Austin for more than two decades and I am confident he will effectively and proudly lead the men and women of the department during this time of transition,” Elaine Hart, interim city manager, said. “The City of Austin has an exemplary police force and under Brian’s direction they will continue building upon the department’s success. I look forward to working alongside him.”
Manley is from Austin, graduating from Johnston High School (now Eastside Memorial) and the University of Texas. He received a Master's from St. Edwards University in 2004.
Manley has served the Austin Police Department for 26 years. Starting as a patrol officer in 1991, he as since served as a detective and sergeant in the Child Abuse Unit, a Lieutenant for the Traffic Enforcement Division and was promoted to Commander in 2005.
In 2012 Manley was again promoted to Assistant Chief and then became second in command as the Chief of Staff in 2015.
He has also served the Austin community through teaching criminal justice at St. Edward's and being an instructor at the APD Leadership Academy.
Statement from Mayor Steve Adler:
"I commend the appointment of Brian Manley as Interim Police Chief. Brian Manley is a strong, knowledgeable leader. I’ve been with him many times and have seen first-hand his commitment to our community and to building relationships. He understands our challenges we face and is ready to lead. I’m confident Chief Manley will keep us safe and just,"