Brand announces search for new Fresno Police Chief to resume July 1

In his final State of the City address on Tuesday, Fresno Mayor Lee Brand announced he, along with Mayor-Elect Jerry Dyer, would begin a new search for a permanent police chief on Wednesday.

Brand tapped Andy Hall to succeed the 18-year veteran Police Chief Dyer one of the longest-tenured police chiefs among America’s big cities, last July.

Hall’s selection was a surprise, as he was not a known candidate to succeed Dyer during the 2019 search.

Hall, who serves as interim chief, is set to retire in mid-2021 under the City’s deferred retirement program.

Brand made the announcement during his prime-time televised broadcast of the State of the City, hosted by the Fresno Chamber of Commerce.

Alex Tavlian is the Executive Editor of The San Joaquin Valley Sun and Executive Director of Valley Future Foundation. You can reach Alex at