Jerry Dyer served the Fresno Police Department for 40 years. As a sergeant, he supervised several high-profile units such as the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT), the Patrol Tactical Team, the Major Narcotics Unit, and he also served as an Internal Affairs Investigator.
Jerry rose through the ranks serving as a lieutenant, captain, deputy chief, and as the department’s first assistant chief of police.
Jerry was appointed police chief on August 1, 2001, and was the longest-tenured police chief in the history of the Fresno Police Department. He is the longest-serving police chief of any major city in the United States.
In his role as police chief, Jerry oversaw a department of more than 1,100 employees and an operating budget of $200 million.
Jerry earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology from California State University Fresno and a Master’s Degree in Management from California Polytechnic University at Pomona.
Jerry is also a graduate of the California Command College, where his peers recognized him as the Most Inspirational Student. In addition, Jerry is a graduate of the FBI’s National Executive Institute.
Jerry has served as the President of the California Police Chiefs Association and is a past recipient of the Joseph T. Malloy Award, the most prestigious award granted by the California Police Chiefs Association.
Jerry was chosen as a Paul Harris Fellow for Rotary International and was recognized in 2018 with a Life Time Achievement Award by the Fresno County Office of Education.
Jerry also served as the 2nd Vice President of the Major Cities Chiefs Association representing the largest municipal police departments in the United States.
Jerry has been married to his wife, Diane, for 40 years and has been blessed with two children, and five grandchildren.
Jerry was elected to serve as the Mayor of the City of Fresno and will assume office in January of 2021.