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Breaking: McManus Named As Finalist For Police Chief

Joey Palacios
TPR News
In thisNovember 2013 photo, then Chief William McManus talks to protestors in downtown San Antonio. McManus has been selected to once again head SAPD.

William McManus will likely be taking back is old job as Chief of San Antonio’s police department. His return comes as a surprise as he was not one of the five finalists City Manager Sheryl Sculley named in August. McManus left the department in 2014 to work as head of security for CPS Energy.

The finalists included Anthony Trevino, the current interim chief of SAPD. A city news release states during the interview process, McManus approached Sculley about heading the department again.

“In the final analysis, Chief McManus’ qualifications and experience made him the clear choice. We never wanted him to leave. I said at the time of his retirement that I consider Bill one of my top recruitments and appointments during my tenure as City Manager. SAPD is better managed, more professional, has better trained police officers and stronger relationships with the community than ever in its history thanks to Bill's leadership and integrity. His track record in San Antonio speaks for itself, and we are tremendously fortunate to have him lead our police force.” 

Sculley said Trevino had done an excellent job in his time as chief. McManus’ proposed salary is $212,000.  “I’m both honored and humbled to return to what I consider the finest police force in the country,” said McManus. “San Antonio is home to me, my wife Lourdes and our three children. We want to continue to serve this great city.”

Sculley will make a formal announcement Thursday morning at City Hall. McManus is expected to be confirmed by City Council on October 1st.