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Austin Police Department Chief Brian Manley will remain in his position for the moment.


At a meeting of the Austin City Council's Public Safety Committee on Thursday, City Manager Spencer Cronk told committee members that he has had "several pointed conversations" with Manley about the need to reverse the types of police procedure and policies that lead to the actions sparking calls for his removal.

"I assure you that both Chief Manley and the entire public safety team are committed to this transformational change," Cronk said.

Cronk's position overseeing the city's 13,000 employees makes him responsible for decisions regarding Manley's job. He remains under pressure to replace Manley after repeated calls for the chief's ouster and after the unanimous council resolutions that included a no-confidence vote.

City spokesman David Green confirmed that although Cronk's statement didn't mention Manley's status specifically, it does mean that Manley is keeping his job, although council members who had called for his ouster did not move off their position that he should be replaced, a decision that could come at any point—or not at all.

"As I have always said, Spencer's job is harder than mine, but council could not be clearer with our perspective on this question, and our belief that the manager's job is to reflect the will of the council," Flannigan said.

Here's Cronk's entire statement the council:

"Thank you, councilmember and committee and council members. I really appreciated the opportunity to get your feedback and the commitment to ensuring that we were moving forward with the transformational changes that we are making for the city and how you will be holding me accountable. So I will in turn hold my entire leadership team accountable, including our leadership. That includes our chief and I've had many pointed conversations with him over the past several weeks. I assure you that both Chief Manley and the entire public safety team are committed to this transformational change and as we move forward we up hold everything that we need to do to move forward in that manner."

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