Austin ISD refuses to make district police department audit public

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin ISD board members are among a select handful of district leaders being allowed to see an audit analyzing the district’s police department.

The audit was ordered by the board in spring 2018 after a grievance was filed against the police department.

The law firm McGinnis Lochridge conducted the audit for the district, which presented its findings to the board in both October and December. 

Former School Resource Officer Darrell Chaney learned of the audit a few months after it was ordered.

“The new chief Gonzalez said, ‘Hey, there’s going to be an audit going on, they’re going to be interviewing officers and their feelings about what’s taking place at the new police department,'” Chaney said. 

Chaney, who resigned in December, said he didn’t know what prompted the audit, but believes there was plenty to look into.

“There’s major dysfunction at that department, especially in chain of command,” he said. “We can’t even keep our campuses staffed, the morale is just terrible.”

The district confirms it’s hiring and hoping to expand the police force.

When KXAN requested the audit, the district responded that it believes the document is confidential and protected by attorney client privilege. It went on to add that it’ll request a ruling from the Texas attorney general. 

Chaney believes it would be embarrassing for some of the findings to be revealed.

“I don’t believe they realized how bad it truly is and they definitely do not want that to be made public.”

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