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No Texas badge for TPD's Villaseñor

The chief of the Tucson Police Department, set to retire in December after six years in the post, won't become the top cop in San Antonio. Roberto Villaseñor had been a finalist for the job, but in a twist the Texas city will hire back the former chief who retired last year.

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 was interviewed for the Texas post last month.

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

  • 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, had broad community support to be named to the top post, but San Antonio political insiders said he might not have the support of Sheryl Sculley, the city manager.

Although he wasn't on the list of finalists announced by San Antonio last month, McManus will return to the top cop job in that city, Sculley announced Wednesday evening.

The ex-chief "reached out to the city manager and expressed an interest in returning" during the interview process, a news release from Sculley's office said.

"In the final analysis, Chief McManus' qualifications and experience made him the clear choice. We never wanted him to leave," the Texas city manager said.

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Observers of the San Antonio political scene noted that the head of city power company CPS announced last month that he was stepping down.

For more from San Antonio, check this report from local news website NOWCastSA.org: William McManus to return as San Antonio Police Chief.

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Villaseñor at a press conference in March 2012.