William McManus to return as San Antonio Police Chief

Former San Antonio Police Chief William McManus is returning to lead the 3,000-member San Antonio Police Department after a 9-month stint as Senior Director of Security for CPS Energy, City Manager Sheryl Sculley announced Wednesday evening.

In a news release, Sculley said she will formally make the announcement at a news conference at 9 a.m. on Sept. 24. If confirmed by San Antonio City Council on Oct. 1, McManus will begin Monday, Oct. 5 at a salary of $212,000, the news release said. His previous salary was $205,000 according to the Texas Tribune database.

“I’m both honored and humbled to return to what I consider the finest police force in the country,” McManus said in the statement. “San Antonio is home to me, my wife Lourdes and our three children. We want to continue to serve this great city.”

McManus had retired in December 2014 to take the job at CPS after 9 years with SAPD.

Since then, the city conducted a national search for a new police chief. Finalists for the job included interim San Antonio Police Chief Anthony Treviño, Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villaseñor, Dallas Deputy Chief Malik Aziz and Las Vegas Deputy Chief Albert Salinas. 

The candidates were interviewed by Sculley and panels of community representatives in August. The news release said McManus contacted the city manager during that period and "expressed an interest in returning" to SAPD.

“In the final analysis, Chief McManus’ qualifications and experience made him the clear choice." Sculley said in the statement.  "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.”

SAPD Chief William McManus and Fire Chief Hood in 2011 MLK March

Sculley said Treviño “has done an excellent job" as Interim Chief  and will serve in a top role in the chief’s office.

“Chief McManus is a great leader from whom I have learned a lot,” Treviño said in the statement. “I’m excited by his return, support the selection and am grateful to have another opportunity to work with him.”

A native of Philadelphia, McManus was a boxer in that city's Police Athletic League as a teen. He went on to earn a Bachelors Degree from Villanova University near Philadelphia and a Masters of Science Degree in Management from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He also completed the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Senior Management Institute for Police. 

McManus started in law enforcement in 1975 with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C.  and rose to be Assistant Chief of Police for the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department from 1998 to 2001. He was Chief of Police in Dayton, Ohio from 2001 to 2003. Before coming to San Antonio, McManus was Chief of Police for the Minneapolis Police Department.