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TPD's Villaseñor a finalist for San Antonio chief post

The chief of the Tucson Police Department, set to retire in December after six years in the top post, is a finalist to become the head of a Texas police department.

Roberto Villaseñor announced earlier this year that he would retire, and a national search for the next TPD chief is underway. He was appointed in 2009 after 29 years with the department.

Villaseñor is set to be interviewed for the Texas post Friday.

Also on the short list for the San Antonio job are:

  • interim San Antonio Police Chief Anthony Treviño
  • Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo
  • Dallas Deputy Chief Malik Aziz
  • Las Vegas Deputy Chief Albert Salinas

The previous San Antonio chief, William McManus, left last December to head up security for CPS Energy, the city-owned power company. Treviño, an Air Force veteran, has broad community support to be named to the top post, but San Antonio political insiders say he may not have the support of Sheryl Sculley, the city manager.

A decision on the appointment by Sculley is expected next month. The appointee would have to be confirmed by the City Council.

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Villaseñor at a press conference in March 2012.