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was then promoted to deputy chief and assistant chief in the same year. During this time, he remained true to the community which he loved, stayed connected and oversaw the operating budget for the 5th largest city in California. In 2001, soon after his promotion as assistant chief, he was appointed as chief of police. Since then, Chief Dyer has made sure that all five district stations have moved into new facilities, providing the latest available technology so that everyone is able to do their jobs to the best of their abilities. He again was able to secure donations from several community members and businesses which resulted in the Department’s first Real Time Crime Center, Media Room and Joint Media Center (a large media room used for press conferences with allied agencies). In addition to serving the residents of Fresno he also served the members of the California Police Chiefs Association. Chief Dyer was appointed to the Board of Directors of the California Police Chiefs Association in 2004 and elected 3rd vice president in 2005. He was sworn in as president of Cal Chiefs in March 2008, at the association’s 31st Annual Training Symposium, which he hosted in Fresno. He is the only major city chief to serve as president of the association and was a very hands-on leader. Because the president who succeeded Jerry, Pasadena Chief Barney Melekian, left his presidency part way through his term, Chief Dyer served as past president on the Executive Committee for almost two years and chaired the Nominating Committee twice as a result. Chief Dyer’s experience as public information officer shown through during his time as president of Cal Chiefs especially when it came to speaking with the media. And there was not a lack of issues to discuss with the media during his presidency. He emerged as a leader of the law enforcement coalition that worked tirelessly on a counter proposal to the release of 40,000 inmates as proposed by the three-judge panel in the Coleman/Plata case. He is a subject matter expert on prison and parole reform issues and their effects on local law enforcement and public safety. As we all now know, the potential prisoner release by the three-judge panel resulted in the proposal and passage of AB 109, better known today as Realignment. Chief Dyer went toe to toe with the Coleman/Plata attorneys and Governor Jerry Brown over the potential public safety impacts of this legislation and was successful in helping negotiate funding for local law enforcement in the budget to deal with the drastic changes to the criminal justice system created by AB 109. In 2011, Jerry Dyer was honored by San Mateo Chief Susan Manheimer with the Joe Molloy Memorial Award for his record of commitment and contribution on a statewide level to the association and to the greater law enforcement community. He continues to be highly respected within the law enforcement community, both as a chief and as a statewide leader in policing. SPRING 2019 | California Police Chief 23