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Former Chief Acevedo Returns to Oversee Austin Police

In his new position with Austin, Acevedo will serve as a liaison between APD and the city manager’s office. Interim City Manager Jesús Garza said he created the position and hired Acevedo for the job to help lead the department through challenges.

Art Acevedo, who resigned as interim chief of the Aurora (Colorado) Police Department earlier this month, has been hired to oversee the Austin Police Department with the title interim assistant city manager.

Acevedo is a former chief of the Austin Police Department and the Houston Police Department. He left Texas for Miami for a brief and unsuccessful tenure as police chief in that city before heading to Aurora.

In his new position with Austin, Acevedo will serve as a liaison between APD and the city manager’s office. Interim City Manager Jesús Garza said he created the position and hired Acevedo for the job to help lead the department through staffing challenges and continued reform in the aftermath of community demands following the May 2020 protests, among other issues, KVUE reports.

Interim APD Chief Robin Henderson will continue in her role. The City has not said when or how it plans to go about naming a permanent chief.

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