Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer Announces Run for Mayor

This month, Fresno Mayor Lee Brand announced he would not seek re-election in 2020. Now, the city’s top cop is throwing his hat into the ring.

Longtime Police Chief Jerry Dyer announced his candidacy Wednesday. He’ll be running against Fresno County prosecutor Andrew Janz and district five councilman Luis Chavez.

Dyer has headed Fresno PD for nearly 20 years. He’s retiring this fall. Although he’s thought about running for mayor for some time, he wasn’t willing to challenge Brand.

"I had said publicly I wasn't going to be running against my mayor out of loyalty -- out of friendship," said Dyer. “What this is about for me is a calling, to know inside that this is where I need to be and I'm the right fit for Fresno.”

Chief Dyer has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology from California State University Fresno and a Master’s Degree in Management from California Polytechnic University at Pomona. In 2008, he was chosen to head the California Police Chief’s Association.

Read more about his candidacy here.