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Fresno Deputy Police Chief Salazar Running for Sheriff

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Fresno Deputy Police Chief Mark Salazar will run for sheriff. (GV Wire File)
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Fresno deputy chief of police Mark Salazar plans to run for sheriff, sources tell GV Wire. He will make the announcement at 2 p.m. today at the county election office.

Salazar, a longtime veteran of the department, has worked his way up the ranks. His most recent promotion was from captain to deputy chief in 2020. His assignments included the MAGEC gang task force, homicide robbery, and internal affairs.

He is well known for his work with the Police Athletic League.

Mims Not Running

Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims announced last Friday that she will not seek re-election when her term ends in January. She has endorsed assistant sheriff John Zanoni in the upcoming election on June 7.

Salazar, 50, is a registered Democrat living in northwest Fresno. Zanoni, 48, is a registered Republican who lives only a few blocks away.

Assistant sheriff John Zanoni received the endorsement of Sheriff Margaret Mims. (GV Wire/Johnny Soto)

David Taub has spent most of his career in journalism behind the scenes working as a TV assignment editor and radio producer. For more than a decade, he has worked in the Fresno market with such stops at KSEE-24, KMJ and Power Talk 96.7. Taub also worked the production and support side of some of TV sports biggest events including the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals and NASCAR to name a few. Taub graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email