San Antonio Police Chief William McManus, who has led the police force for eight years and who has served for 40 years in law enforcement, will step down by the end of this year, City Manager Sheryl Sculley tells 1200 WOAI news.

  McManus, 62, will become Senior Director of Security for CPS Energy.

  "We are extremely fortunate that Chief McManus has served the City of San Antonio for the past eight and a half years, which is more than twice the average tenure of chiefs of police in the U.S.," Sculley said.  "'I consider Bill one of my top recruitments and appointments during my nine year tenure as City Manager."

  "It's a great loss for the city," Councilman Joe Krier told 1200 WOAI news.

  McManus has been a towering force in San Antonio over the past eight years.  McManus is involved in every major action taken by the police department, he is a regular visitor at the bedside of every officer who is wounded in the line of duty, and he will be present at every scene where an officer is involved in a shooting.

  "Chief McManus has developed an exceptionally positive relationship with the community at large and is respected by one and all in San Antonio,"Sculley said.

  She said McManus will remain on the job into December.

  McManus came to San Antonio from Minneapolis, where he was the police chief.  Before that, he was police chief in Dayton Ohio and a commander in the Washington DC Police.

  "He has more than earned his retirement," Sculley said.

  McManus joined the SAPD after Al Philippus become director of security at Valero Energy, a title he still holds.