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Interim Chief of Austin Police Joseph Chacon, Assistant Chief of Dallas Police Avery L. Moore and Deputy Chief of LAPD Emada E. Tingirides are the three finalist for the Austin police chief role.

The city of Austin is getting closer to announcing its next Austin police chief, narrowing the pool of candidates from 46 to three.


The candidates include:

  • 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
The search for a new police chief began back in March after Austin police chief Brian Manley retired. Assistant police chief Joe Chacon was appointed interim chief as Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk kicked off a national search.

After bringing the pool of candidates down from 46 to seven in July, the finalists were interviewed by three panels which included community stakeholders, law enforcement partners, and City of Austin executives.

Before Cronk announces a final decision on who will run APD, the community will have an opportunity to meet the finalist and provide feedback. The meetings will be hosted in-person at the Palmer Events Center with opportunities to watch live virtually at ATXN.TV. They will take place Aug. 18 and 19 from 7-8 p.m.

A candidate is expected to be chosen by the end of the month.

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Sample some spirits
When: 11:30 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Where: Desert Door, 211 Darden Hill Rd. Driftwood
What: Attend Desert Door Distillery’s first Explorer Series of 2022. Guests will be able to sample Caliber on its own or in a delicious cocktail.

Eat some chili
When: 12 p.m. Saturday
Where: Sagebrush, 5500 S. Congress Ave.
What: Enjoy great chili and great music at the 14th Annual Chili Cold Blood Chili Cook-Off. All proceeds will be donated to Health Alliance for Austin Musicians in memory of Nick Curran.

Enjoy some local art
When: 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Neill-Cochran House Museum, 2310 San Gabriel St.
What: The Neil-Cochran House Museum will host a multi-media art exhibition by Austin artist Nell Gottlieb, titled “Land as Persona: An Artist’s Journey.” Gottlieb works in multiple media to reexamine her coming of age, white and female in the Jim Crow South.

Catch some improv comedy
When: 7 p.m. Sunday
Where: GameOn! ATX, 1515 Dungan Ln.
What: ColdTowne ThrowDowne is an improv comedy tournament between troupes that will take place in front of a live studio audience and streamed live to the world on Twitch.

Catch a Johnny Cash-style show
When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday
Where: Georgetown Palace Theatre, 810 S. Austin Ave.
What: Experience music history with a unique musical about love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption, and the healing power of home and family set to the tune of the legendary Johnny Cash.