Austin Police Chief Brian Manley is retiring, the city manager told city leadership in a memo Friday.
Manley has been at the helm of the police department since 2016, first as an interim chief and then appointed permanently to the job by City Manager Spencer Cronk two years later.

He was praised for his efforts to stop the serial Austin bombings in 2018.
But more recently, Manley has faced harsh criticism, largely spurred by the police killing of Mike Ramos last year and how the department handled summer protests over racial inequities and police brutality.
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