Dyer to remain as police chief

Jerry Dyer will remain as chief of the Fresno Police Department for at least the next two years, City Manager Mark Scott announced today. Dyer, who has served as chief since 2001, had previously announced his intention to retire.

“I asked Chief Dyer to stay, because, in my judgment, the best chief for the Fresno Police Department is the one we already have,” Scott said at a City Hall news conference. “It is obvious to me that he felt he had unfinished business he wanted to complete.”

Mayor Ashley Swearengin was thrilled that Dyer will be staying around a while longer.

“I am delighted Chief Dyer will continue to serve as our police chief,” the mayor said. “He is undoubtedly one of the best police chiefs in the nation, and Fresno is well served by him.”

Dyer said that he had received an incredible amount of support since announcing his intention to retire four months ago.

“During this time, I also learned a different style of leadership, one that has allowed me to be fully engaged in department issues without being consumed by the day-to-day operations,” Dyer said.

Dyer said the department will continue to work with the Swearengin administration and the City Council on ways to engage the community to identify policing priorities and desired services in the new economy. In addition, the police department will focus on staff development and succession planning at all levels of the department.

“This is already one of the best law enforcement agencies in the country,” Scott said. “But in today’s complicated law enforcement world, you cannot provide too much education and ongoing training for your team.”