After Greg Kelley and his supporters called for the firings of the Cedar Park police chief and chief investigator for their involvement in a child sex assault case he was convicted for in 2014, an outside consultant has been hired to review the department, KVUE's and the Austin American-Statesman's Tony Plohetski has learned.
Kelley called for the firings during a recent Cedar Park City Council meeting. Critics have said police did not fully investigate the case -- including whether someone else committed the crime. A district judge cited investigative missteps as part of the reason she released Kelley on bond in August. In 2014, a jury convicted Kelley of child sex assault. He is now appealing that decision.
Cedar Park officials confirmed to Plohetski that they will use Hillard-Heintze, a Chicago firm that specializes in these types of reviews. Officials said the review will start as soon as possible and it's unclear when the findings will be released. A formal contract between the city and the consultants has not been signed, so KVUE does not know the cost of the consultation.
Cedar Park police Chief Sean Mannix said in a statement, "As a progressive police organization, we believe there is a value whenever we can get input or suggestions from experts on the field."