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Cedar Park Council OKs hiring firm to review police


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Firm will review policies and procedures of Police Department in criminal investigations.

Greg Kelley and his supporters have asked for firing of police chief and sergeant.

The Cedar Park City Council authorized the city manager Thursday night to hire an outside firm — Hillard Heintze — to conduct an independent review of the Police Department’s policies and procedures in criminal investigations.

The council members voted unanimously more than a month after Greg Kelley and his supporters called for the firing of Police Chief Sean Mannix and Sgt. Chris Dailey.

Mannix said in a statement released Thursday night: “I, and the Cedar Park Police Department, welcome engaging with Hillard Heintze as they conduct an independent review of our policies, protocols and procedures related to criminal investigations.”

“As a progressive police organization we believe there is value whenever we can get input or suggestions from experts in the field.”

City Manager Brenda Eivens said in a statement released Thursday night: “Hillard Heintze specializes in police accountability assessments and we are confident in their ability to provide an independent, unbiased review of our law enforcement practices and procedures. … The review process will commence as soon as possible and we anticipate their results.”

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Kelley was serving 25 years in prison on a sexual assault charge but was released on bond after a judge found his due process rights were violated during a flawed Cedar Park police investigation.

State District Judge Donna King took issue with several aspects of the investigation, including that police Detective Chris Dailey did not corroborate information from the child victim, did not speak to Johnathan McCarty, “nor did he conduct any follow-up investigation into Johnathan’s involvement, if any,” King wrote. “Detective Dailey failed to interview any adult at the McCarty household/daycare, who might have provided information concerning the reported offense.”

King also granted bond based on what she ruled was ineffective assistance from Kelley’s attorney.

McCarty, who is in jail on an unrelated charge, is now considered to be a suspect in the case along with a third person investigators have not named, officials said.

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