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Austin police chief among Fortune's World's Greatest Leaders for 2019

Austin police chief among Fortune's World's Greatest Leaders for 2019

Austin Police chief Brian Manley
Austin Police Chief Brian Manley was named one of Fortune's "World's Greatest Leaders" for 2019. Courtesy photo

A year after serial bombings and the manhunt of a lifetime left Austin — and most of Central Texas — on edge, Fortune is honoring the man who led the public through the tragedy.

Coming in at No. 49, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley is one of the world's 50 "Greatest Leaders" for 2019, and not just because of the bombings, according to the magazine.

"Austin boasts the third-lowest rate of violent crime among the 30 biggest U.S. metro areas, and many credit Manley for keeping the peace," Fortune says. "He has made community collaboration a central focus, urging officers to forge ties with homeless people and with Austin’s Latin American immigrant communities. And he earned widening acclaim last year by keeping the city calm during a terrifying string of bombings."

Before becoming top brass at APD, Manley was second-in-command to former Chief Art Acevedo, who resigned to lead Houston's police department in 2016. Manley stepped up on an interim basis, but it was no secret that he wanted the job on a permanent basis and that he had his predecessor's backing. Last June, after the attacks, "interim" was dropped from his title.

Manley is in the company of some of the world's biggest names, including Bill and Melinda Gates, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

The rest of the list can be found here, or you can pick up a copy of Fortune's May issue.