Police Chief



William McManus was appointed San Antonio’s Police Chief in March 2006. He oversees a department of more than 2,400 sworn officers and more than 800 civilian positions.

Chief McManus has over 40 years of experience in law enforcement. He previously served as the Chief of Police in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he provided new direction and leadership to a 1,200-member department. McManus also has served as the Chief of Police in Dayton, Ohio, from 2001 to 2003.

He started his career in law enforcement in 1975 with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C., where he served in a full range of patrol, investigative, and supervisory assignments that included internal and criminal investigations, narcotics, and tactical positions. McManus was promoted to Assistant Chief in 1998, a position in which he served during his final four years before moving on to Dayton, OH.

  • Master of Science in Management, Johns Hopkins University
  • Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts, Villanova University

McManus and his wife, Lourdes, have three children.

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