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Fresno Deputy Police Chief Salazar Running for Sheriff
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By David Taub, Senior Reporter
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February 25, 2022

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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)

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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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