A big show of support at City Hall for San Antonio Police Chief William McManus on the heels of SAPOA’s “No Confidence” vote.
“The entire City Council as well as the Mayor is behind Chief William McManus” said Councilman Rey Saldana, joined by several colleagues late Thursday Afternoon on the steps at City Hall.
“We’ve got to get politics out of this issue” said Councilman Mike Gallagher, who sees McManus as a leader when it comes to police reform efforts. Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran agreed.
“It’s simply time to stop playing politics with public safety. It’s time to get back to the basics, and Chief McManus has done a good job” said Viagran, who chairs the City Council’s Public Safety Committee.
City Manager Sheryl Sculley, who has chosen McManus twice to lead the Department–added her own voice to those showing support.
“He’s respected not because he wears a badge, but because he’s earned that trust from the community” Sculley said.
For his part, McManus turned up the heat on the Union’s leadership.
“The most ridiculous, the most ludicrous, the most preposterous statement I have heard is I don’t care about officer safety” McManus said, adding he will not be stepping down.
“It’s all been misinformation that has led to this vote” the Chief said, adding “The only vote I care about is the vote that I see officers on the street doing every day–working hard.”