Via U.S. Department of Justice
The City of San Antonio spent almost $7,000 looking for a replacement for Chief William McManus.
The City of San Antonio spent almost $7,000 to find a replacement for Police Chief William McManus before he returned to his former position, according to records obtained by the San Antonio Current
City officials did not hire an outside consultant to help with the search, which was conducted entirely by COSA staff. The expenditures included:
- $3,106 on meals and refreshments for community panels, candidates and support staff
- $2,185 on candidate travel
- $976 on paid advertisements
- $546 on hotel lodging for candidates
- $12 on background checks
McManus left SAPD in December of 2014 to become head of security at CPS Energy. Sixty people applied to take his place. City Manager Sheryl Sculley named five finalists for the job in August, including former Interim Chief Anthony Treviño.
McManus told Sculley he was interested in returning to his old job while she was interviewing other candidates. She appointed him to the chief position on September 23, and City Council unanimously confirmed the appointment on October 1. He was sworn in as chief today.
City officials have not yet responded to inquiries about the value of the staff hours spent on the search or which candidates they purchased background checks for.