Acevedo interviewed with ICE, staying put in Austin

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin’s top cop is staying put.

On Wednesday evening, an Austin Police Department spokesperson said Chief Art Acevedo interviewed for a position with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement within the past few weeks.

While Acevedo did travel to Washington D.C. to discuss prospects, he said he withdrew his name from the candidate pool list.

Acevedo has been with APD since July 2007. He is the first Hispanic to lead the department of 2,400 officers.

In 2010, Acevedo was one of six candidates vying for the police chief position in Dallas. He said he withdrew because of the overwhelming response from the community during his candidacy.

At that time, he told KXAN News that he would remain in Austin for at least another six years. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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