CEDAR PARK, Texas (KXAN) — Thursday night the Cedar Park City Council called for an independent review of the Cedar Park Police Department’s policies and procedures.
The vote followed an executive session where council members met with legal staff and Police Chief Sean Mannix. It stems from a court hearing last week where Greg Kelley and his attorney sought to appeal his 25 year conviction for sexual assault of a child.
During testimony, a Texas Ranger taking another look at the case pointed to holes in the CPPD investigation, and said Kelley was denied due process. Williamson County District Attorney Sean Dick apologized to the family of the 4-year-old victim saying the criminal justice system didn’t get it right the first time.
During the council meeting, about half a dozen people including Kelley’s mother, Rosa Kelley, called for the firing of Chief Mannix and the lead investigator on the case, Sgt. Christopher Daly.
“My son Greg was sentenced to 25 years in prison for a crime he did not commit,” Kelley said, as she turned to face the officers in the audience. “What I’m looking for is for the dirty — for the ones who are corrupt in the police force to step out… because you are valued and you have to shine when you do your work right.”
The president of the Cedar Park Police Association, Kristy Whitley, defended Chief Mannix. Dozens of Cedar Park police officers and civilian staff were present sitting together in solidarity to show support for him.
“Our chief is an outstanding leader he supports not only the police officers in our department he supports our community our citizens and multiple other people throughout the state,” Whitley said.
KXAN has reached out to every Cedar Park City Council member and the mayor to get their thoughts on what, if anything, should happen moving forward, but have not received any responses.
City Manager Brenda Eivens put out the following statement Thursday afternoon:
We recognize that this is a sensitive and difficult situation for all involved. I am the person ultimately responsible for our city organization, including the police department. Providing professional public safety services and maintaining the trust of our community are our cornerstones. I will continue to monitor this matter and evaluate information as it becomes available. Regarding the ongoing legal proceedings, I must respect the integrity of the process and cannot comment further. As always, the men and women of the Cedar Park Police Department stand ready to serve our community and continue working with the District Attorney’s Office on this and other cases.”