Assistant Austin Police Chief Joe Chacon to be named interim chief

City officials hold a press conference to discuss the search for the next Austin Police Department chief. FOX 7 Austin has learned that officials will also announce current Deputy Police Chief Joe Chacon as the interim chief.

According to his LinkedIn page, Chacon has been deputy chief of police for more than four years and has been with APD for more than 20 years.

The press conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. (CT) and will be streamed on and on the FOX 7 Austin Facebook page.

City Manager Spencer Cronk is supported by Rey Arellano, Assistant City Manager for Security, and Joya Hayes, Head of Human Resources.


The Greater Austin Crime Commission issued a statement regarding the selection of Chacon as interim police chief, stating:

“The Greater Austin Crime Commission commends City Administrator Spencer Cronk for appointing Deputy Police Chief Joseph Chacon as interim chief of the Austin Police Department. Chief Chacon has done an excellent job of serving the community and is a respected public safety leader. He will lead The Police Department at an important time when cadet classes are resuming and the community is redefining public safety. The Crime Commission is committed to working with the City Administrator, Austin City Council, and other community groups during the permanent police chief selection process. “

FOX 7 Austin received a memo Cronk sent to Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Austin City Council that described three stages of the search. The memo also states that Ralph Andersen & Associates, who has helped more than 35 other cities hire their police chiefs across the country since 2016, will be helping Austin with his search.


Phase I begins immediately and includes conducting initial meetings with the search company and the city council to create a draft candidate profile. There will be focus groups as well as virtual community meetings to collect additional input.

Phase II could start as early as April and last until June. During this phase, the search company will conduct recruiting, assess candidates, conduct preliminary research and make recommendations. There will also be a community poll to accept contributions from the Austin community.

In Phase III, the finalists are identified and community meetings are held before a candidate is selected.

In February, Chief Brian Manley announced that he was retiring from the Austin Police Department after serving nearly three years. His resignation will take effect on March 28th.

Chief Brian Manley announces resignation from the Austin Police Department

Chief Manley’s resignation will take effect March 28, 2021.

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