Fresno’s Mayor fails to select permanent police chief; interim to be announced instead, says councilmember

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FRESNO, California (KSEE/KGPE) – Despite a long search to find Fresno’s new police chief, Fresno Mayor Lee Brand, and City Manager Wilma Quan, will instead announce that an interim chief will be taking up the position.

The change in plans has been confirmed by Councilmember Miguel Arias, who says Deputy Chief Andy Hall will be announced as interim chief during the previously announced press conference set to take place Friday morning.

“The most common language I’ve heard all day is that it was a rigged process and there was never any real intention to take into account the community input of the hundreds of residents that participated to select a permanent chief instead he simply punted and let this become the number one political issue in the political campaign for mayor,” said Arias.

The City of Fresno had undertaken a nationwide search and asked for public participation in the quest to find a new chief of police.

“It cost thousands of dollars to conduct a nationwide search, we spent the last 8 months getting community feedback, we got input from hundreds of residents who took time out of their day to come to evening meetings,” said Arias.

The official announcement is expected to begin at 10 a.m. on Friday. Coverage will be live-streamed on YourCentralValley.com when it begins.

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