The Austin Police Department's next chief will be selected through a national search process that kicked off May 15.

The overview

Austin has been without a permanent police chief since Joseph Chacon stepped down from the post last September. Robin Henderson, Chacon's former chief of staff, has led the APD as its interim chief since then.

The selection of a new chief was named as an early priority by new City Manager T.C. Broadnax, who started his work in Austin on May 6.

"Public safety is of paramount importance, not just to me and the mayor and City Council, but to Austin as a whole. My commitment to this community is to find the absolute best candidate for this critical role,” Broadnax said in a statement. “I want to ensure that I bring forward someone who will build trust and foster a culture of transparency and accountability.”

Recruitment firm Mosaic Public Partners is leading the search. Mosaic most recently handled the city manager selection process that led to Broadnax's appointment.

Next steps

Before the application period closes June 10, Mosaic will also be opening a public survey about the APD position to inform a final selection. Interviews with residents, public safety staff and city leaders as well as a public meet and greet will be scheduled in the future.

Austin's police chief reports to the city manager and must be appointed by City Council.