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Fresno Police Captain Wants to Become Next Chief



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One of the first applicants for the soon-to-be-vacant Fresno police chief position is an internal candidate.

“I believe I have the abilities to fight crime, engage the community, and build trust.” — Fresno police Capt. Mark Salazar, on why he is applying to become police chief 

Capt. Mark Salazar, a 23-year veteran of the department, said Tuesday that he will apply.

Three Years Leading Southwest Division

For the last three years, Salazar has served as captain of the southwest division. Before that, he was the southeast district commander and street violence bureau homicide commander.

“I believe I have the abilities to fight crime, engage the community, and build trust,” Salazar said. “I’ve done it here in southwest, and I’ve done it in my other assignments. I am looking forward to that process playing out this summer.”

Residents provided input at five recently held community meetings, telling the city and its recruiting consultant what they want to see in Police Chief Jerry Dyer’s successor.

1,300 Online Responses Thus Far

The city hired consultant Torrance-based Teri Black & Company, LLC, for help with the national search. A notice of the job posting is on the group’s website.

So far, city officials have received 1,300 online survey responses about their preferred qualities and experiences for the next chief. The survey is open through the end of May on the city of Fresno website.

Dyer is scheduled to retire in October. He said Monday that he’s “strongly considering” a run for mayor on the 2020 ballot. His statement followed Mayor Lee Brand’s announcement Monday that he won’t run for re-election.

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