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Balderrama Applies for Texas Police Chief Job
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By David Taub, Senior Reporter
Published 1 month ago on
June 18, 2024

Fresno Police Chief Paco Balderrama, who is on paid administrative leave pending a city investigation for an inappropriate relationship, has applied for the chief position in Austin, Texas. (GV Wire/David Taub)

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Embattled Fresno Police Chief Paco Balderrama applied for the head position of the Austin, Texas police department, the Austin American-Statesman reported.

Balderrama, Fresno chief since Jan. 2021, is on paid administrative leave as the city investigates allegations he had an inappropriate relationship with a non-city employee. Media reports said Balderrama had an alleged two-year affair with the wife of a police officer under his command.

Fresno City Manager Georgeanne White placed Balderrama on leave on June 12. The move came hours after Balderrama answered questions from the city council about the budget, followed by a tense impromptu news conference with reporters.

Balderrama Is One of 32 Austin Applicants

The Texas capital city — with a population of just under 1 million — accepted applications between May 15 and June 10. It is unclear when Balderrama turned in his application.

Balderrama is one of 32 applicants, the newspaper reported, and not the only one with baggage. For example, the former chief of the Montgomery, Alabama department resigned after a sexual discrimination charge. The former Seattle, Washington chief faced misconduct charges.

Austin City Manager T.C. Broadnax makes the hiring decisions. The city is also using a recruiting service, Mosaic Public Partners.

The department is led by interim Chief Robin Henderson, who took over last year when former Chief Joseph Chacon retired. Neither Henderson nor others on Austin’s police leadership team applied for the job.

Austin officials said in a news release that the field would be narrowed to an undetermined amount, with interviews scheduled for July. The city council would vote on confirmation of the finalist.

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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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