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Fresno Police Chief Pick Now Down to Two. Hall Prepares for Transition.
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By David Taub, Senior Reporter
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November 3, 2020

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Two finalist remain for the Fresno police chief position.

At a news conference about crime suppression on Monday afternoon, current chief Andy Hall said it is down an internal and external candidate.

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Multiple sources have told Politics 101 that the internal candidate is deputy chief Mark Salazar; the external candidate is Oklahoma City Police Department deputy chief Paco Balderrama.

There were at least five others interviewed for the position. Salazar was the only local candidate.

Hall faces mandatory retirement on April 1, 2021. He succeeded the retiring Jerry Dyer last August. Dyer won election for mayor last March and will be sworn in this coming January.


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Helping With the Transition

Hall is willing to help the new chief transition to the top job.

“I committed to the mayor that I would stay as long as needed to transition to the new chief. I’ve been working with all of my deputy chiefs very closely since day one when I became the chief to get them prepared and take over this organization. I believe they are well on their way there,” Hall said.

Hall said an outsider chief will take more time to prepare.

“However, if we bring in a new chief from outside, we do have to teach that chief a new language. They have to meet all the community members. It’s going to require a significant more input from me to get a chief prepared. I’m ready and willing to stay as long as that takes,” Hall said.

Hall did not know when a final announcement could be made. The final pick will come from Mayor Lee Brand, city manager Wilma Quan, and Mayor-elect Jerry Dyer.

Changes to Clovis Elections?

The Clovis City Council is considering moving to district-based elections, even though it says it doesn’t have to.

The first move is tonight, declaring its intent to review 2020 census and March 2021 election data.

There are five council members, chosen by the entire Clovis electorate. March 2 is the next election for the seats held by Lynne Ashbeck and Vong Mouanoutoua. This will also be the last odd-year election.

Council elections will take place in November of even years starting in 2022.

Several jurisdictions, including cities and school boards, have had to move from at-large to district-based elections to fulfill state and federal voting mandates.

Clovis says the current at-large system satisfies voting laws because “there is no evidence of racially polarized voting in the City’s elections dating back to 2010, and further, the data shows that the current demographic makeup of the City Council reasonably reflects the demographics of the City.”

If the council does move to district elections, it would start an entire new process to determine what those boundaries would be, including a series of public meetings. Because of the pandemic, Gov. Gavin Newsom essentially suspended such procedures needed for the time being. Census data is expected to be released in July 2021.

Californians Can Vote for ‘The Body’

While President Donald Trump and Joe Biden are the major party candidates for president, Jesse “The Body” Ventura is also a qualified candidate on the California ballot.

Six parties qualified for the ballot — Republican, Democrat, Green, Libertarian, Peace and Freedom and American Independent.

Ventura is one of five candidates to qualify in California as a write-in. He is not running with any party.

The former Minnesota governor and pro wrestling Hall of Famer is not the only non-major party candidate with name recognition. On the printed ballot, recording artist Kanye West is the vice presidential candidate on the AI ticket with Rocky De La Fuente at the top.

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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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