Your Next Police Chief Recruitment Process

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City Manager Announces Joseph Chacon as Austin Police Chief

Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk has named Joseph Chacon as Chief of the Austin Police Department.

Chacon, whose APD career spans more than two decades, has served as Interim Chief since March 2021, following the retirement of former Chief Brian Manley. Prior to that, Chacon served as an Assistant Chief for almost five years, overseeing Patrol, Special Operations, Specialized Patrol, Investigations, Intelligence, Professional Standards and Training/Recruiting. His appointment is subject to confirmation by Austin City Council.

“I want to give a heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped us reach this important decision for our community,” said City Manager Cronk. “After hearing from so many of you, and following an extensive and rigorous recruitment process, I’m confident Interim Chief Joseph Chacon is the right person to lead our City’s police department to achieve results, build trust and transparency, and accomplish equitable public safety outcomes for all Austin residents and visitors.”

“I am extremely excited and humbled by this amazing opportunity,” said Interim Chief Chacon. “Austin PD is at a critical juncture, and I am honored that the City Manager is showing the trust in me to lead this amazing organization. I will be engaging our department employees and our community to make sure we are moving forward in the best way possible.”

Today’s announcement follows a six-month process comprising extensive community consultation to identify the best candidate for the job. 

In March, the City released a survey asking the public to identify the skills and characteristics, background and experience, and top priorities they believed were most important for the next Chief of Police. Responses to the survey helped establish the selection criteria for the position. 

Cronk solicited additional feedback in April from community groups, including five online community input meetings and constituent calls from the City’s 311 service. 

The process included a series of interviews featuring panelists drawn from City staff and stakeholders followed by two public forums in August offering community members opportunities to meet and question the final candidates for the position.

Because the City Manager’s appointment requires City Council confirmation, an item will be placed on the Sept. 30, 2021 Council agenda as required by state law.


To view the full press release, please click the link below:

https://austintexas.gov/news/city-manager-announces-joseph-chacon-austin-police-chief




City of Austin - Chief of Police - Candidate Forum Feedback Form

Thank you for attending the Candidate Forum. If you missed the forums you can view them by clicking on the meeting of your choice.

August 18, Candidate Forum English

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City of Austin identifies top three finalists for Austin’s next Chief of Police

Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk has announced the top three finalists for the Chief of Police position out of a field of 46 applicants.

In July, seven candidates were interviewed by three panels which included Community Stakeholders, Law Enforcement Partners, and City of Austin Executives. After consideration and feedback from the panels, City Manager Cronk has identified:

  • Joseph Chacon, Interim Chief of Police, Austin Police Department
  • Avery L. Moore, Assistant Chief, Dallas Police Department
  • Emada E. Tingirides, Deputy Chief, Los Angeles Police Department

“I am confident these finalists will help the City of Austin cultivate relationships with our community, accomplish the City Council’s goals, and continue the progress of reimagining public safety in Austin,” said Cronk.

Opportunities to meet the top finalists and hear from them have been scheduled for:

  • August 18, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
  • August 19, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

These meetings will have in-person availability at Palmer Events Center, Exhibit Hall 2, or you can tune in live through ATXN.TV (ATXN1-English and ATXN3-Spanish), Cable TV Channel 6, U-Verse Channel 99, and KAZI FM 88.7. Masking and social distancing will be required for these meetings. The room capacity is limited to 100. Once we reach that limit, for the health and safety of all participants, we will not be able to allow additional people into the room. We strongly encourage residents to tune in through one of the broadcasting channels set up for you to hear from the finalists.

After meeting and listening to the candidates, the City will ask residents to provide their feedback here. The link to submit feedback will go live on this page Wednesday August 18, 2021.

The City Manager hopes to announce a new Chief of Police before the end of September.

You can view the complete press release which includes candidate bios by clicking here.



Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk has announced the top seven candidates for the Chief of Police position out of a field of 46 applicants.

Finalists for the position are:

  • Joseph Chacon
  • Anne Kirkpatrick
  • Avery L. Moore
  • Celeste Murphy
  • Mirtha V. Ramos
  • Gordon Ramsay
  • Emada E. Tingirides

The City Manager hopes to announce a new Chief of Police before the end of August.

The Chief of Police will oversee 1,809 sworn officers and 734 non-sworn professional staff and has a FY 20-21 budget of $240.8 million. Like many major cities in America, Austin is reimagining how it provides public safety services. Austin is approaching this process in a methodical and strategic approach, and the next Chief of Police will begin their duties during a period of intense change for the Austin Police Department (APD). The challenges and opportunities related to this initiative alone are many. The Chief of Police will help APD and the City adapt and emerge from reimagining law enforcement in a manner that improves public safety for all who visit, live, and work in Austin.

“I am excited about the diverse slate of individuals we have identified for this position,” said Cronk. “I look forward to discussing with them how we can accomplish the goals of the community and the City Council.”

In March, a survey was released to the public asking them to identify the skills and characteristics, background and experience, and top priorities they believed were most important for the next Chief of Police. The responses to the survey helped establish the selection criteria for the position.

Cronk solicited additional feedback in April from community groups, including five online community input meetings and constituent calls from the City’s 311 service.

“Thank you to everyone who participated and shared their thoughts throughout this process through online feedback, virtual meetings, or via 311,” said Cronk. “We received input that our community members want to see the next Chief have exceptional communication skills and create dialogue with the community. They want to see the Chief be reform minded and transparent and have a track record of fostering community involvement and accountability. The candidates selected show these characteristics in various ways.”

Applications for the position opened April 26, 2021.

Interviews with the Chief of Police candidates will occur in the coming weeks, with several community input opportunities on the top finalists.

Click here to read the full press release, which includes candidate bios.



Your Next Police Chief Recruitment Process

Thank you for your feedback on the candidate selection process. Your input has been valuable in this process. Your next opportunity to share your thoughts about our next Chief of Police will be during the community meetings later this summer.

The next Steps in this recruitment are:

  • Identify Candidates for Interview
  • Initial Interviews
  • Final Interviews and Community Meetings

Continue to visit this page for additional updates.




Call for Community Involvement

Thank you for your interest in the recruitment process for Austin's next Police Chief. While change can be difficult and uncomfortable, it also brings opportunity. Like so many communities across the nation, we are seeking transformational change in the area of public safety. Initiatives like reimagining public safety, budget decoupling, department restructuring, and most recently the announcement of Chief Manley’s retirement, all provide unique opportunities to work together to bring new leadership in alignment with community values and commitment to equity and engagement.

As part of our community involvement process, we'd like to get your feedback on the characteristics and priorities we should be discussing during our interviews and community discussions. Your feedback will be used to help shape those discussions and to provide us with valuable insight as we consider the candidates for the permanent position.

Thank you for your participation.

Sincerely,

Spencer Cronk, City Manager

(Feedback for the initial stage of the recruitment process has ended)

City Manager Announces Joseph Chacon as Austin Police Chief

Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk has named Joseph Chacon as Chief of the Austin Police Department.

Chacon, whose APD career spans more than two decades, has served as Interim Chief since March 2021, following the retirement of former Chief Brian Manley. Prior to that, Chacon served as an Assistant Chief for almost five years, overseeing Patrol, Special Operations, Specialized Patrol, Investigations, Intelligence, Professional Standards and Training/Recruiting. His appointment is subject to confirmation by Austin City Council.

“I want to give a heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped us reach this important decision for our community,” said City Manager Cronk. “After hearing from so many of you, and following an extensive and rigorous recruitment process, I’m confident Interim Chief Joseph Chacon is the right person to lead our City’s police department to achieve results, build trust and transparency, and accomplish equitable public safety outcomes for all Austin residents and visitors.”

“I am extremely excited and humbled by this amazing opportunity,” said Interim Chief Chacon. “Austin PD is at a critical juncture, and I am honored that the City Manager is showing the trust in me to lead this amazing organization. I will be engaging our department employees and our community to make sure we are moving forward in the best way possible.”

Today’s announcement follows a six-month process comprising extensive community consultation to identify the best candidate for the job. 

In March, the City released a survey asking the public to identify the skills and characteristics, background and experience, and top priorities they believed were most important for the next Chief of Police. Responses to the survey helped establish the selection criteria for the position. 

Cronk solicited additional feedback in April from community groups, including five online community input meetings and constituent calls from the City’s 311 service. 

The process included a series of interviews featuring panelists drawn from City staff and stakeholders followed by two public forums in August offering community members opportunities to meet and question the final candidates for the position.

Because the City Manager’s appointment requires City Council confirmation, an item will be placed on the Sept. 30, 2021 Council agenda as required by state law.


To view the full press release, please click the link below:

https://austintexas.gov/news/city-manager-announces-joseph-chacon-austin-police-chief




City of Austin - Chief of Police - Candidate Forum Feedback Form

Thank you for attending the Candidate Forum. If you missed the forums you can view them by clicking on the meeting of your choice.

August 18, Candidate Forum English

August 18, Candidate Forum Spanish

August 19, Candidate Forum English

August 19, Candidate Form Spanish



City of Austin identifies top three finalists for Austin’s next Chief of Police

Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk has announced the top three finalists for the Chief of Police position out of a field of 46 applicants.

In July, seven candidates were interviewed by three panels which included Community Stakeholders, Law Enforcement Partners, and City of Austin Executives. After consideration and feedback from the panels, City Manager Cronk has identified:

  • Joseph Chacon, Interim Chief of Police, Austin Police Department
  • Avery L. Moore, Assistant Chief, Dallas Police Department
  • Emada E. Tingirides, Deputy Chief, Los Angeles Police Department

“I am confident these finalists will help the City of Austin cultivate relationships with our community, accomplish the City Council’s goals, and continue the progress of reimagining public safety in Austin,” said Cronk.

Opportunities to meet the top finalists and hear from them have been scheduled for:

  • August 18, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
  • August 19, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

These meetings will have in-person availability at Palmer Events Center, Exhibit Hall 2, or you can tune in live through ATXN.TV (ATXN1-English and ATXN3-Spanish), Cable TV Channel 6, U-Verse Channel 99, and KAZI FM 88.7. Masking and social distancing will be required for these meetings. The room capacity is limited to 100. Once we reach that limit, for the health and safety of all participants, we will not be able to allow additional people into the room. We strongly encourage residents to tune in through one of the broadcasting channels set up for you to hear from the finalists.

After meeting and listening to the candidates, the City will ask residents to provide their feedback here. The link to submit feedback will go live on this page Wednesday August 18, 2021.

The City Manager hopes to announce a new Chief of Police before the end of September.

You can view the complete press release which includes candidate bios by clicking here.



Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk has announced the top seven candidates for the Chief of Police position out of a field of 46 applicants.

Finalists for the position are:

  • Joseph Chacon
  • Anne Kirkpatrick
  • Avery L. Moore
  • Celeste Murphy
  • Mirtha V. Ramos
  • Gordon Ramsay
  • Emada E. Tingirides

The City Manager hopes to announce a new Chief of Police before the end of August.

The Chief of Police will oversee 1,809 sworn officers and 734 non-sworn professional staff and has a FY 20-21 budget of $240.8 million. Like many major cities in America, Austin is reimagining how it provides public safety services. Austin is approaching this process in a methodical and strategic approach, and the next Chief of Police will begin their duties during a period of intense change for the Austin Police Department (APD). The challenges and opportunities related to this initiative alone are many. The Chief of Police will help APD and the City adapt and emerge from reimagining law enforcement in a manner that improves public safety for all who visit, live, and work in Austin.

“I am excited about the diverse slate of individuals we have identified for this position,” said Cronk. “I look forward to discussing with them how we can accomplish the goals of the community and the City Council.”

In March, a survey was released to the public asking them to identify the skills and characteristics, background and experience, and top priorities they believed were most important for the next Chief of Police. The responses to the survey helped establish the selection criteria for the position.

Cronk solicited additional feedback in April from community groups, including five online community input meetings and constituent calls from the City’s 311 service.

“Thank you to everyone who participated and shared their thoughts throughout this process through online feedback, virtual meetings, or via 311,” said Cronk. “We received input that our community members want to see the next Chief have exceptional communication skills and create dialogue with the community. They want to see the Chief be reform minded and transparent and have a track record of fostering community involvement and accountability. The candidates selected show these characteristics in various ways.”

Applications for the position opened April 26, 2021.

Interviews with the Chief of Police candidates will occur in the coming weeks, with several community input opportunities on the top finalists.

Click here to read the full press release, which includes candidate bios.



Your Next Police Chief Recruitment Process

Thank you for your feedback on the candidate selection process. Your input has been valuable in this process. Your next opportunity to share your thoughts about our next Chief of Police will be during the community meetings later this summer.

The next Steps in this recruitment are:

  • Identify Candidates for Interview
  • Initial Interviews
  • Final Interviews and Community Meetings

Continue to visit this page for additional updates.




Call for Community Involvement

Thank you for your interest in the recruitment process for Austin's next Police Chief. While change can be difficult and uncomfortable, it also brings opportunity. Like so many communities across the nation, we are seeking transformational change in the area of public safety. Initiatives like reimagining public safety, budget decoupling, department restructuring, and most recently the announcement of Chief Manley’s retirement, all provide unique opportunities to work together to bring new leadership in alignment with community values and commitment to equity and engagement.

As part of our community involvement process, we'd like to get your feedback on the characteristics and priorities we should be discussing during our interviews and community discussions. Your feedback will be used to help shape those discussions and to provide us with valuable insight as we consider the candidates for the permanent position.

Thank you for your participation.

Sincerely,

Spencer Cronk, City Manager

(Feedback for the initial stage of the recruitment process has ended)

Page last updated: 11 October 2021, 15:54