Council orders independent investigation on police actions in Kelley case


The Cedar Park City Council ordered an independent investigation into the police department's handling of the Greg Kelley case at Thursday's meeting. 

After a regular council meeting Thursday, the Cedar Park City Council went into executive session and then returned to announce it was ordering the independent investigation.

Kelley, a former Leander football player, was convicted in 2014 of child abuse and has served three years of a 25 year prison sentence. However, his conviction is under review by the Williamson County court because of, among other things, alleged errors that were made by police during the investigation.

At a packed council meeting Thursday, several speakers demanded the resignations of Cedar Park Police Chief Sean Mannix and the detective who headed the investigation, Sgt. Chris Dailey. After an adjournment to allow the council to go into executive session, Mayor Matt Powell said the council had ordered an independent investigation into the police department's actions in the case. 

Powell said the City Council was asking the city manager and city attorney to move forward with an independent review of the police department’s policies and procedures in the Kelley case. “You can bring that report back its ready,” Powell said.

“At this time, obviously, the council is not able to comment on ongoing legal proceedings,” Powell said. “But let's not forget a reprehensible crime has been committed against a child. It’s our steadfast hope and belief the legal system will continue to run its course to ensure swift and accurate justice.”