SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio Police Chief William McManus is stepping down from the department to take a position at CPS Energy as senior director of security.
"We are extremely fortunate that Chief McManus has served the City of San Antonio for the past eight and a half years, which is more than twice the average tenure of chiefs of police in the U.S.," saidCity Manager Sheryl Sculley. "I consider Bill one of my top recruitments and appointments during my nine-year tenure as City Manager. The San Antonio Police Department is better managed, more professional, and has better trained police officers than ever in its history thanks to Bill's integrity and leadership. Chief McManus has developed an exceptionally positive relationship with the community at-large and is respected by one and all in San Antonio and Texas. He has more than earned this retirement."
McManus, 62, has served as the head of the San Antonio Police Department since 2006.
"A window of opportunity opened up which would keep me and my family here in San Antonio, which is where I want to stay, which is where my family wants to stay," said McManus. "I love San Antonio, I love everything about it, and this job keeps me here. It's an exciting opportunity to start a new career in a new field and I'm looking forward to it."
Sculley said McManus will continue as Chief until December.
McManus has worked in law enforcement since joining the Washington, D.C., police force in 1975.
After rising to assistant police chief there, he served as police chief in Dayton, Ohio, and Minneapolis.
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