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Dyer Back on His Feet. Expects to Return to Work Soon.
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By David Taub, Senior Reporter
Published 5 years ago on
January 25, 2019

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Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer is up and walking, albeit gingerly.
Dyer attended memorial services for former Pelco owner David McDonald on Thursday (Jan. 24) at the Saroyan Theatre and chatted with GV Wire about his back surgery.

I feel good. I can’t wait to get back. I look forward to putting the uniform on.” — Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer, who is recovering from back surgery
He underwent two days of major back surgery in Dec. 27-28 in Beverly Hills to alleviate 20 years of problems. In the nine hours of surgery, doctors fused five vertebrae in the lumbar area.
“They put a number of screws inside of me and built a cage around my lower lumbar. I feel good. I can’t wait to get back. I look forward to putting the uniform on,” Dyer said.

Recovery Process

Dyer said post-surgery pain lasted 17 days. He plans to start physical therapy in the upcoming weeks.
“I’ve been pushing pretty hard to get back, walking every day. I feel good. I went into the surgery in good physical condition, so that helps on the recovery side,” Dyer said.
He did not provide a specific target date of when he would return but did say it would be in a matter of weeks.
Deputy Chief Pat Farmer has been acting chief in Dyer’s absence.

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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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