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How Far Has Fresno Advanced in Its Police Chief Search?
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By David Taub, Senior Reporter
Published 1 week ago on
July 11, 2024

Fresno Mayor Jerry Dyer says the city is still in the preliminary stages of hiring a new police chief. (GV Wire Composite/Paul Marshall)

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The city of Fresno remains in the preliminary steps to hire a new police chief, Mayor Jerry Dyer tells GV Wire.

“We’ve had some internal meetings. We are diligently working through the process. And then the next step will be to hire a search firm. We are working feverishly toward that,” Dyer said.

As of Thursday morning, the city had not posted the job on its website.

The city placed then-chief Paco Balderrama on administrative leave on June 12, after revelations he had an affair with the wife of an officer under his command. The city launched an official investigation after learning of the affair in February.

The city installed Deputy Chief Mindy Casto as acting chief.

Balderrama Resigned on June 25

Balderrama resigned as chief on June 25, and Casto became the interim chief. Balderrama is working as a city consultant until July 25.

Dyer previously said the search could take up to five months.

This is the third police chief search in five years. In 2019, the city named Deputy Chief Andy Hall as the replacement for the retiring Dyer — who served as police chief for 18 years before moving to politics. Hall was a designated short-timer, as he had a 2021 retirement date.

A second search in 2020 yielded Balderrama, a bilingual deputy chief from Oklahoma City.

Both times the city used an outside consultant to help formulate the search and recruitment.

During his three-plus years as Fresno’s chief, Balderrama helped reduce the homicide and violent crime rates and led recruiting efforts that resulted in Fresno’s largest-ever police force.

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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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