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Council confirms Manley as interim Austin police chief

11:10 a.m.update: The Austin City Council has confirmed Brian Manley as interim chief for the Austin Police Department.

The vote to confirm was unanimous among council members present. Manley, a 26-year veteran of the Department, will lead Austin police while a search for a permanent chief is conducted.

Before the vote, a terse exchange occurred between outgoing Council Member Don Zimmerman and Council Member Greg Casar.

Casar had asked if Manley would alter how the Austin Police Department deals with the immigrant community. Before Casar could finish his question, Zimmerman interjected with a point of order asking whether Casar was asking Manley if he would break federal immigration law.

Casar rephrased his question to ask if Manley would focus on local policing versus enforcing federal immigration policies.

“Our current practices and procedures will remain the same,” Manley said. “We will focus on criminality and not status.”

Earlier: Brian Manley, former Austin police Chief Art Acevedo’s chief of staff, is set to be formally approved as interim chief during Thursday’s meeting of the Austin City Council.

Interim City Manager Elaine Hart pegged Manley to lead the Austin Police Department during its leadership transition on Nov. 18, the day after Acevedo accepted an offer from Houston’s mayor to be that city’s next police chief.

Acevedo was formally sworn in as Houston police chief on Wednesday.

Manley, 49, has been with the police department for 26 years. Acevedo appointed him to be his chief of staff in 2015.

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