Arias asks Dyer to resign as police chief following mayoral bid announcement

Politics
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A Fresno City councilman asked Police Chief Jerry Dyer to resign after Dyer launched his campaign for mayor Wednesday — citing the need for a “full-time chief of police.”

“I thank Jerry Dyer for his 40 years of service. Given the official launch of his campaign for mayor, it is in our city’s best interest that he immediately resign his position as our chief law enforcement officer,” Councilman Miguel Arias said in a statement.

Dyer announced his bid at Manchester Center — a little over a week after Mayor Lee Brand announced he wouldn’t seek reelection.

Watch Dyer’s announcement:

Arias serves as the vice president of the City Council and represents District 3.

“As in any political campaign, we anticipate this mayoral race will include claims by competing candidates that require investigation by the police department,” Arias said. “Furthermore, as we begin hearings on Fresno’s $1 billion budget, the City Council and Mayor a full-time chief of police to ensure we adopt a budget in a timely manner.”

Dyer responded and said he would not resign citing the need for a transition plan.

“An immediate resignation would not be healthy for the organization or the people of Fresno. It will require a transition plan which I will be working on with the mayor and city manager. In the meantime, I will take whatever vacation time is needed to avoid any conflicts.”

Here’s Arias’ full statement:

I thank Jerry Dyer for his 40 years of service. Given the official launch of his campaign for mayor, it is in our city’s best interest that he immediately resign his position as our chief law enforcement officer.

As in any political campaign, we anticipate this mayoral race will include claims by
competing candidates that require investigation by the police department. Also, the city will soon begin releasing police personnel records related to misconduct and dishonesty and an audit of the police department.

Our City business cannot be compromised by real or perceived inappropriate influence by a political candidate and police chief. This city cannot risk further legal and financial liability given our history of excessive legal payouts.

Furthermore, as we begin hearings on Fresno’s $1 billion budget, the City Council and
Mayor require a full-time chief of police to ensure we adopt a budget in a timely manner.

The integrity and effectiveness of our city government will be tested in the coming
months and it is important that all those running to lead our city do their part to ensure we serve the best interests of all residents.

This begins with a full-time chief of police free of a political campaign.

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