The five remaining candidates for police chief of Austin, Tx., faced a crowd of almost 200 residents, city employees, and police officers last night, says the Austin American-Statesman. Fresh on their minds was a pending U.S. Justice Department investigation into how Austin officers use force and the police shooting death of Kevin Alexander Brown. The public forums, two of which will be held today, mark the final phase of the selection process.
City Manager Toby Futrell said she will take the public’s opinions into account before making her choice and submitting it to the City Council. “This is what I’ve been waiting for,” Futrell said. “To see how these candidates connect with the community and members of the work force.” The choice will be made by Friday. Although a salary has yet to be negotiated, former Chief Stan Knee made about $130,000 a year.