After months of speculation, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer released a statement Thursday putting to rest rumors that he would join Fresno's mayoral race.
The statement is as follows:
"I would like to thank the hundreds of people over the last several months who have encouraged me to run for Mayor of the City of Fresno as well as those who have encouraged me to remain as police chief. The compliments are well received and are a reflection of the incredible work done by my officers and staff at the Fresno Police Department.
The next few years promise to be challenging times for law enforcement and it is imperative that strong leadership be in place to address these challenges locally and throughout the state.
As such, I plan on continuing in my role as police chief into the next administration and fulfilling my role as the President of the California Police Chiefs Association in 2008; giving the Valley a true voice as I set the agenda for one of the most influential and recognized law enforcement associations in the nation. I will continue do all I can to keep our community safe, to influence the future of policing at the state and national level and to ensure each of the Mayoral and Council candidates fully understands the importance of making the safety of our citizens a top priority.
There is much work left to be done in terms of public safety and I look forward to working with the next Mayor and Council to ensure this work is accomplished."
At this point, three candidates have announced their intentions to run for mayor.
Former Fresno city councilman Tom Boyajian and current councilmembers Mike Dages and Jerry Duncan.