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Hundreds of people turned out to see Sean Mannix sworn in as Police Chief of Cedar Park on Thursday, January 24, 2013, in City Council Chambers.
The ceremony featured the Austin Police Pipes and Drum Corps, the posting of the colors by the Cedar Park Police Department Honor Guard, remarks by Mayor Matt Powell, and remarks by City Manager Brenda Eivens.
Friday, 12/21/12: The City of Cedar Park has named Austin Police Assistant Chief Sean Mannix Chief of the Cedar Park Police Department. Chief Mannix will begin his new role as Cedar Park Police Chief on January 22, 2013.
Chief Mannix says that he is looking forward to his new role. “I am excited and honored by the opportunity to lead the fine men and women of the Cedar Park Police Department as we forge partnerships with the city’s residents and businesses to keep Cedar Park one of the safest cities in Texas through community engaged policing,” Chief Mannix says.
Cedar Park Mayor Matt Powell adds, “I am delighted to have Chief Mannix join us in Cedar Park. Sean's vast experience in Central Texas police work, when combined with his commitments to both community policing and utilizing technology, make him an ideal leader for our fine police department. We remain focused on keeping our community safe, and Chief Mannix will make that his top priority every day.”
Chief Mannix began his career with the Alameda, California Police Department in 1983 as a police officer. After nine years of service, Chief Mannix moved to Austin, Texas and began serving as a police officer for the Austin Police Department. He was appointed as an Assistant Police Chief in 2009 following various promotions through the ranks. During his time with the City of Austin, Chief Mannix commanded or had executive oversight over patrol and support services, centralized investigations, organized crime task forces, and administrative services such as fleet equipment and forensics. In Cedar Park, he will lead a department of 80 sworn police officers and more than 30 civilians, and manage an annual budget of approximately $8.5M.
Chief Mannix holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s Degree in Homeland Security. He is a graduate of the 234th session of the FBI National Academy, the LAPD West Point Leadership Program, the Blackwood Institute Leadership Command College and the Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management Command College. He has earned a Master Police Officer Certification and is a licensed instructor through the Texas Commission for Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE ).
“After an extensive search process involving numerous well-qualified and talented candidates, it became clear that Chief Mannix is the right person to effectively lead our City’s largest and most visible department. His proven leadership and strong credentials in law enforcement demonstrate his commitment to maintaining the high ethical standards and professionalism of our officers. I am confident that Chief Mannix will work hard to build relationships with our workforce, our businesses and our citizens to promote valuable community partnerships with our police department,” Cedar Park City Manager Brenda Eivens says.
The City, working with Waters Consulting Group, received more than 76 responses to the position opening. Five finalists were interviewed by two separate panels of City staff, which then narrowed the pool to two finalists.