Ex-DNA lab chief said police knew of bad grades when he was hired

The former manager of Austin police’s DNA lab, who was fired after word of his poor grades in college spread, says interim Police Chief Brian Manley knew of his poor grades when he was hired.

In a letter to members of a public safety advisory board, former chief forensics officer Scott Milne said that, when he was placed on administrative leave back in November, an Austin police commander assured him that both former Austin Police chief Art Acevedo and Manley knew of his spotty academic records when he was hired.

“In my opinion, I don’t think what they are saying about knowing my grades is accurate.” Milne told the American-Statesman on Thursday. “I remember seeing my transcripts on (Acevedo’s) desk and they were never brought up.”

Austin police didn’t provide a response by press time.

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