San Antonio Police Chief William McManus is staying firm.
One day after the police union announced the overwhelming results of a “no confidence” vote, McManus continues to insist he will not resign.
However, not everyone is rushing to the Chief’s support, despite an overwhelming statement made on the steps at City Hall Thursday Afternoon.
“I believe that a vote of no confidence equates to low morale” said San Antonio City Councilman Cris Medina, who told KTSA News it’s all the result of the continued bitter back and forth between the City and the police union when it comes to hammering out a new contract for officers.
“The result of a failed strategy it seems has manifested now in to the issue we have at hand… and that is low morale” Medina said, blaming both the City and the union’s leadership for the situation now at hand.
“I think both sides are responsible” Medina said, stopping short of calling for McManus’ ouster.
“That’s a decision for the (City) Manager to make. I want to insure the rank and file knows the community has their back” Medina said, calling for City Manager Sheryl Sculley to brief the City Council with a plan for addressing what he sees as a “morale problem” inside of SAPD.
Meanwhile, the talk of a”morale problem” within the police department is news to the man at the top.
“I have not seen the low morale that’s being talked about” Chief McManus told KTSA’s Trey Ware, adding “I’m not a blind guy. I would see it if it were there.”
The Chief continues to see politics behind the “no confidence” vote.
“I think it’s harmful to the City. I think it’s not fair to the community” McManus said.