Fresno lawmakers halt naming police training center after Dyer

An attempt by three Fresno lawmakers to name the Fresno Police training center after the city’s Mayor faced stiff resistance on Thursday.

An effort by three Fresno City Council members to name the Fresno Police Department Regional Training Center after Mayor Jerry Dyer has failed. 

The council voted on a slim margin to remove the item from Thursday’s agenda which would have honored Dyer, who served as the city’s police chief for 18 years. 


Driving the news: The training center, located at 6375 W. Central Ave. in southwest Fresno, was completed in 2010 and encompasses 96 acres. 

  • A central part of the decision to rename the center after Dyer revolves around a 2020 resolution from the city council that requires the Historic Preservation Commission to review name changes. 
  • That resolution, proposed by former City Councilwoman Esmeralda Soria, tasked the Historic Preservation Commission of ensuring that the city does not have any buildings or rename any buildings named after a “cultural or historic figure known to be racist or bigoted.” 
  • The resolution would have made the renaming exempt from review by the Historic Preservation Commission. 

The big picture: Come Thursday, Councilman Miguel Arias requested that the resolution to honor Dyer be removed from the agenda. 

  • Council President Tyler Maxwell – who sponsored the resolution alongside Council members Garry Bredefeld and Mike Karbassi – motioned to keep the item on the agenda. 
  • Arias and Council members Luis Chavez, Nelson Esparza and Annalisa Perea voted to remove the item. 
  • While there was no discussion, Chavez said during the vote that he needs more time to consider the resolution. 
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