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Is Dyer Opening the Door to a Political Future?
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By David Taub, Senior Reporter
Published 6 years ago on
April 13, 2018

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Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer is not ruling out a future in politics.

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“I’ve never shut a door on anything. But I do know at the present time, I’m very happy serving as the police chief,” Dyer told GV Wire.

“There is a lot of work left to do. I have a lot of support in this community. We have some very good officers that need some great leadership right now in Fresno. I want to provide that leadership.”

Right now, he is concentrating on his duties as police chief. His contract runs through October 2019.

“As I get closer to that day, I’m going to have conversations with the mayor and city manager and find out what else needs to be done in our city,” Dyer said. He said his wife will play a role in any decisions.

Watch the interview above.

Local Democratic Endorsements

The Fresno County Democratic Committee endorsed Nelson Esparza as its choice in the nonpartisan Fresno City Council District 7 race over fellow Democrat Veva Islas.

One party insider said that Esparza has always been involved with party activities while Islas only showed up when she ran for office.

“The party has spoken loud and clear to our community and to the voters about who they believe will do the best job representing all of the people who live in District 7 equally … .” Esparza said.

To get the endorsement, a candidate must be a registered Democrat, and garner 60% of the committee’s vote.

In the District 3 race, which has seven candidates, no Democratic candidate reached that threshold.

The local Democrats also picked Luis Chavez for Fresno City Council, District 5; Brian Pacheco for Fresno County Supervisor, District 1; and Oscar Garcia for auditor-controller/treasurer-tax collector.

No Moreno on Oversight Committee

The Fresno Unified school board was set on re-appointing Guillermo Moreno to the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee. The group is supposed to be the public’s eyes and ears on spending of the Measure X and Measure Q construction bonds.

But, a vote never happened Wednesday. Staff pulled his nomination. Karin Temple, the district’s chief operations officer, said that upon further review, Moreno was not eligible because he had served the maximum of three two-year terms.

What is supposed to be a 15-member body only has seven active members. The terms of four members have expired, but they are eligible for re-appointment.

Central Unified Starts Superintendent Search

Central Unified is moving forward with its search for a permanent superintendent to replace the fired Mark Sutton. The school board voted 6-1 Tuesday (April 10) to direct staff to update the job description.

Trustee Terry Cox was the lone no vote, desiring that the board wait until after the November election to hire its next education chief. That sentiment was echoed by some in the audience.

Proponents of recalling trustees Richard Solis and Phillip Cervantes say they hope to start collecting signatures next week.

Follow the Money

Here is a list of $1,000 donors to city/county campaigns, as reported on Form 497 from 4/06-4/12/2018:

Candidate Race Contributor Amount
Craig Scharton Fresno City Council, District 3 Robert Wood, Generation Contractors $75
Luis Chavez Fresno City Council, District 5 Northern California Regional Council Small Contributor Committee $1,200
Nelson Esparza Fresno City Council, District 7 Richard Watters, attorney with Miles, Sears & Eanni $1,000
Northern California Regional Council Small Contributor Committee $1,200
Brian Whelan Fresno City Council, District 7 Park Place Retail Partners LP $1,000
American Ambulance $1,000
Buddy Mendes Fresno County Supervisor, District 4 Gragnani Ag Services $1,250
Brian Pacheco Fresno County Supervisor, District 1 Gragnani Ag Services $1,250
Brandi Orth Fresno County Clerk Roger Van Gorningen, president of Van-G Logistics $1,000
David Keyes Fresno County Auditor-Controller/Treasurer-Tax Collector Self-loan $30,000

NOTE: Even though Wood’s donation is under $1,000, his total contributions for this cycle to Scharton are over that amount, thus it needs to be reported.

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David Taub,
Senior Reporter
Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

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