Brian Manley joined the Austin Police Department in 1990 and has served as the Interim Chief of Police since December 2016. Chief Manley leads a department of 1900 sworn officers and over 700 civilian support personnel with a budget of $422 million. In his 27 years with the APD, he has served in and led many areas of the Department, including Patrol, Narcotics, Child Abuse, Homicide, Highway Enforcement, Internal Affairs, Special Operations & Homeland Security, and Recruiting & Training. Additionally, he led a delegation of APD officers during the 2009 Presidential Inauguration in Washington DC, commanded a group of Special Response Team officers in a deployment to Houston, TX in the wake of Hurricane Ike, and attended the Senior Counterterrorism Officials Seminar in Israel.
Having grown up in Austin, Chief Manley’s strong connections within the community have aided him in building and maintaining relationships across all of Austin’s diverse neighborhoods and with the many stakeholder and activist groups. He has reengineered the department to better align operations with his commitment to community policing and improving the quality of life for all in Austin. Chief Manley believes in actively engaging the community to set priorities, sustain open lines of communication, and maintain transparency.
Chief Manley graduated from Albert Sydney Johnston High School and then attended the University of Texas at Austin, earning his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance in 1992. He earned his Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and Ethics (MSOLE) degree from St. Edward’s University in Austin in 2004 and was recognized as the St. Edward’s University 2004 Outstanding MSOLE Graduate of the Year. Chief Manley went on to serve as an adjunct professor in the St. Edward’s University Criminal Justice and Forensics program for five years and was awarded the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences 2012 Outstanding Adjunct Award. He is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police, the Police Executive Leadership Institution, and is an IACP certified Leadership in Police Organizations instructor. Chief Manley has been married to his wife Tina for 24 years and they share a daughter and son together.