Philip Jankowski

City Hall reporter

Philip Jankowski covers Austin City Hall for the Austin American-Statesman. He is a 2007 graduate of the University of Texas’ School of Journalism and has worked for newspapers in Central Texas since. Philip joined the American-Statesman in 2013. Previously he covered breaking news and public safety for the Statesman. He is the winner of the 2016 Michael Brick Award for Storytelling.

Latest from Philip Jankowski

Finalists’ names released in search for Austin’s next city manager
 1:30 p.m.update: Mayor Steve Adler on Monday released the names of finalists to be Austin’s next city manager after weeks of secrecy surrounding the search for the city government’s most powerful position. In a posting on the city of Austin’s message board, Adler identified the following as finalists for the next round...

Posted: 4 hours ago

1:30 p.m.update: Mayor Steve Adler on Monday released the names of finalists to be Austin’s next city manager after weeks of secrecy surrounding the search for the city government’s most powerful position. In a posting on the city of Austin’s message board, Adler identified the following as finalists for the next round...
CodeNext draft delayed at least two months as staff parses input
 The city of Austin announced Thursday that it has hit a snag in the development of CodeNext and delayed the release of its next draft of the sweeping zoning and land use plan by more than two months, likely setting back its potential approval and implementation. Interim Assistant City Manager Joe Pantalion cited a need to more thoroughly...

Posted: 3 days ago

The city of Austin announced Thursday that it has hit a snag in the development of CodeNext and delayed the release of its next draft of the sweeping zoning and land use plan by more than two months, likely setting back its potential approval and implementation. Interim Assistant City Manager Joe Pantalion cited a need to more thoroughly...
Coming Monday: More interviews for Austin city manager
 The Austin City Council will start interviewing finalists for city manager on Monday in a specially called meeting announced Thursday. Council Member Greg Casar confirmed that at least one finalist will be interviewed Monday in a closed door meeting posted to take place at City Hall at 8:45 a.m. The council had previously conducted interviews...

Posted: 3 days ago

The Austin City Council will start interviewing finalists for city manager on Monday in a specially called meeting announced Thursday. Council Member Greg Casar confirmed that at least one finalist will be interviewed Monday in a closed door meeting posted to take place at City Hall at 8:45 a.m. The council had previously conducted interviews...
JUST IN: More city manager interviews on Monday, council member says
 The Austin City Council will start interviewing finalists for city manager on Monday in a specially called meeting announced Thursday. Council Member Greg Casar confirmed that at least one finalist will be interviewed Monday in a closed door meeting posted to take place at City Hall at 8:45 a.m. Read the full story on mystatesman.com for...

Posted: 3 days ago

The Austin City Council will start interviewing finalists for city manager on Monday in a specially called meeting announced Thursday. Council Member Greg Casar confirmed that at least one finalist will be interviewed Monday in a closed door meeting posted to take place at City Hall at 8:45 a.m. Read the full story on mystatesman.com for...
Inmate says guard assaulted her at Williamson County immigrant lockup
 An immigrant from El Salvador being held in an immigrant detention center in Williamson County is alleging that a guard sexually assaulted her several times over a span of months. Laura Monterrosa made a report with the Williamson County sheriff’s office after authorities learned of possible assaults Nov. 3, according to the immigrant...

Posted: 4 days ago

An immigrant from El Salvador being held in an immigrant detention center in Williamson County is alleging that a guard sexually assaulted her several times over a span of months. Laura Monterrosa made a report with the Williamson County sheriff’s office after authorities learned of possible assaults Nov. 3, according to the immigrant...
Woman at Hutto immigration detention says guard sexually assaulted her
 An immigrant from El Salvador being held in an immigrant detention center in Williamson County is alleging that a guard sexually assaulted her several times over a span of months. Laura Monterrosa made a report with the Williamson County sheriff’s office after authorities learned of possible assaults Nov. 3, according to the immigrant...

Posted: 4 days ago

An immigrant from El Salvador being held in an immigrant detention center in Williamson County is alleging that a guard sexually assaulted her several times over a span of months. Laura Monterrosa made a report with the Williamson County sheriff’s office after authorities learned of possible assaults Nov. 3, according to the immigrant...
Divided Austin City Council decides not to annex three dozen homes
 The residents of about 35 homes on the southern fringe of Austin have escaped annexation, saved from increased property taxes by the City Council’s last-second move to only add business property located in that area to the city. For the residents of the Mooreland tract, an area of about four neighborhood streets, it means their homes...

Posted: 5 days ago

The residents of about 35 homes on the southern fringe of Austin have escaped annexation, saved from increased property taxes by the City Council’s last-second move to only add business property located in that area to the city. For the residents of the Mooreland tract, an area of about four neighborhood streets, it means their homes...
One finalist for city manager drops out, possibly threatening timeline
 The effort to hire a new city manager before the end of the year could be in jeopardy after one finalist dropped out over the weekend, prompting consultants to wade back into the pool of applicants. Consultants Russell Reynolds and Associates also recommended delaying the release of the identities of the short list of finalists, information...

Posted: 6 days ago

The effort to hire a new city manager before the end of the year could be in jeopardy after one finalist dropped out over the weekend, prompting consultants to wade back into the pool of applicants. Consultants Russell Reynolds and Associates also recommended delaying the release of the identities of the short list of finalists, information...
NEW DETAILS: One of Austin’s candidates for city manager has withdrawn, mayor says
 One finalist in the search for Austin’s next city manager dropped out  over the weekend, prompting a likely delay in the release of finalists’ names, which were set to be made public on Monday. Mayor Steve Adler and Council Member Kathie Tovo announced the withdrawal of one of the finalists late Sunday night on the Austin...

Posted: 7 days ago

One finalist in the search for Austin’s next city manager dropped out over the weekend, prompting a likely delay in the release of finalists’ names, which were set to be made public on Monday. Mayor Steve Adler and Council Member Kathie Tovo announced the withdrawal of one of the finalists late Sunday night on the Austin...
‘Sanctuary cities’ ban SB 4 hearing focuses on the extent of ICE’s reach
 In a court case that could have national reverberations, judges at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday probed the extent of the reach of Senate Bill 4, the so-called sanctuary cities ban, as well as its effect on elected officials’ free speech during an appeal hearing on the controversial Texas law. There is no timeline...

Posted: 12 days ago

In a court case that could have national reverberations, judges at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday probed the extent of the reach of Senate Bill 4, the so-called sanctuary cities ban, as well as its effect on elected officials’ free speech during an appeal hearing on the controversial Texas law. There is no timeline...
‘Sanctuary cities’ ban SB 4 hearing focuses on the extent of ICE’s reach
 Judges at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday probed the extent of the reach of Senate Bill 4, the so-called sanctuary cities ban, as well as its effect on elected officials’ free speech during an appeal hearing on the controversial state law. There is no timeline on when the panel of three judges will rule on the applicability...

Posted: 12 days ago

Judges at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday probed the extent of the reach of Senate Bill 4, the so-called sanctuary cities ban, as well as its effect on elected officials’ free speech during an appeal hearing on the controversial state law. There is no timeline on when the panel of three judges will rule on the applicability...