Instead, residents got a sham process that leaves our police department without permanent leadership and left community residents out in the cold. The fix was in from the beginning. Mayor Brand and his inner circle picked the chief they wanted. Instead of seeking out new leadership, they decided to choose someone within a department that is over-resourced, receiving nearly 54% of the City’s General Fund dollars, yet clearly under-managed.
Two-thirds of our officers are suffering historic lows of employee morale, as indicated by the 2018 Fresno Police Officers’ Association survey. Fresnans, young people and officers on the street deserve better.
Mayor Brand, once again, blew his opportunity to lead our city forward, leaving the rest of us to pick up the pieces. The question is, who really made the decision to leave our police department in limbo? We call on the city to implement a true community process to find an appropriate police chief free from inner-circle and political candidate influence. We cannot afford to wait any longer.
President and CEO, Fresno Building Healthy Communities