City Manager Sheryl Sculley announced this morning that former San Antonio Chief of Police William McManus will return to lead the more than 3,000-member San Antonio Police Department (SAPD). Chief McManus retired from SAPD in December 2014 after 9 years with the department to accept a position with CPS Energy as Senior Director of Security. Subject to City Council confirmation on Oct. 1, McManus will begin Monday, Oct. 5 at a salary of $212,000.
Interim Chief Anthony Trevino “has done an excellent job over the past nine months,” said Sculley, and will continue to serve in a high-level executive role in the chief’s office.
“Chief McManus is a great leader from whom I have learned a lot,” said Chief Trevino. “I’m excited by his return, support the selection and am grateful to have another opportunity to work with him.”
McManus returns to the City with 40 years of experience in law enforcement. Prior to coming to San Antonio, he served as the Chief of Police for the Minneapolis Police Department, where he rebuilt the departmental infrastructure and provided new direction and leadership to a 1,200 member department. McManus also served as the Chief of Police in Dayton, Ohio from 2001 to 2003. He started his career in law enforcement in 1975 with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C., where he served in a full range of patrol and investigative assignments that included internal and criminal investigations, narcotics, and tactical positions. McManus served as Assistant Chief of Police for the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department from 1998 to 2001.
After McManus’ announced his retirement, the City conducted a local and national search to select the next police chief. Sculley and three diverse committees of community representatives interviewed five finalists in August, all of whom are chiefs or assistant chiefs in major police departments in the southwest United States. During the interview process, Chief McManus reached out to the city manager and expressed an interest in returning to SAPD. Sculley wanted to complete the interviews and evaluate the candidates.
“In the final analysis, Chief McManus’ qualifications and experience made him the clear choice. We never wanted him to leave. I said at the time of his retirement that I consider Bill one of my top recruitments and appointments during my tenure as City Manager. SAPD is better managed, more professional, has better trained police officers and stronger relationships with the community than ever in its history thanks to Bill’s leadership and integrity. His track record in San Antonio speaks for itself, and we are tremendously fortunate to have him lead our police force.”
“I’m both honored and humbled to return to what I consider the finest police force in the country,” said McManus. “San Antonio is home to me, my wife Lourdes and our three children. We want to continue to serve this great city.”
Chief McManus holds a Master of Science Degree in Management from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelors Degree from Villanova University. He has also completed the Harvard Kennedy School of Government – Senior Management Institute for Police.