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Austin Police Department names new Assistant Chief Robin Henderson

Assistant Chief Henderson joins a leadership team that is currently under investigation.

AUSTIN, Texas — Following the departure of former Assistant Chief Justin Newsom, the Austin Police Department has named a new leader – Assistant Chief Robin Henderson.

"I am pleased to officially promote Robin Henderson to the rank of Assistant Chief," Chief Brian Manley tweeted on Monday. "It was great to pin on her stars and badge this morning. Over the years, AC Henderson has exhibited exceptional leadership skills & we are so excited to have her as a part of the Executive Team."

Henderson joins an APD Executive team consisting of Chief Manley, Chief of Staff Troy Gay, Assistant Chief Todd Smith, Assistant Chief Joe Chacon, Assistant Chief Richard Guajardo, Assistant Chief Jennifer Stephenson and Assistant Director Alice Thomas.

Her promotion comes after Newsom abruptly retired in October 2019 following complaints filed against him for allegations of racism. These allegations paved the way for a number of others to come forward, including similar reports against AC Stephenson and Chief of Staff Gay.

In the weeks that followed, the City of Austin hired an investigator to look into how these allegations were handled.

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