AUSTIN (KXAN) — The woman who’s been serving in the role of Austin Police Monitor now officially has the position after an appointment by City Manager Spencer Cronk.
Farah Muscadin has been working in the role since January, reviewing complaints against police officers as well as reviewing critical incidents and investigations. She’s been on scene following officer-involved shootings, as well as the investigations into the Austin bombings.
She “has taken the lead in researching and evaluating the needed changes that will determine the best future model for police oversight and accountability for our community,” Cronk wrote in a memo to the city council. Her role requires her to work with the Austin Police Department, Austin Police Association, City Council and community stakeholders.
However, while she’s been working since January, her role has been complicated by uncertainty about what she is allowed to do without a police contract. The Austin Police Association and Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas are suing to keep her from accessing internal files until a contract is finalized.
Before taking on the role of interim Police Monitor, Muscadin worked as an attorney and had more than 15 years of experience in government, most recently in Austin’s Innovation Office and Telecommunication and Regulatory Affairs Office.