Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer announced Wednesday that he will run for mayor.
Dyer joins Fresno County prosecutor Andrew Janz and district five councilman Luis Chavez.
Last week Dyer said he was ‘strongly considering’ running. Current mayor Lee Brand had announced he would not seek re-election earlier the same day.
“I had said publicly I wasn’t going to be running against my mayor out of loyalty — out of friendship,” Dyer said.
“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,” he said.
Andrew Janz sent this statement:
“I welcome Jerry’s entry into the race and i look forward to debating the issues with him. Our democracy works best when two competing visions are brought forth, weighed, and vigorously vetted by the voters. Over the next nine months Fresnans will have an opportunity to decide who is best positioned to unite our community and bring about real change.”
Dyer, retires from the force this November and said he’s hopeful Brand will be in his corner as the race heats up.
“I think at some point in the future once I’m no longer the chief that he’ll make that decision. I would certainly want that endorsement and support from Lee,” he said.