‘I own my mistakes’: Chef Balderrama addresses ‘inappropriate off-hours’ relationships | YourCentralValley.com

FRESNO, California. (KSEE/KGPE) – Fresno Police Chief Paco Balderrama sent a message to Fresno police officers, addressing his “inappropriate off-duty relationship” and asking his team for forgiveness.

In the post, he said he met with command staff and professional personnel managers on Thursday before the city of Fresno sent out a press release regarding the incident on Friday to provide background information and “ask for their forgiveness and support “.


In the post, he discusses his “off-duty relationship,” saying he “will pay for these mistakes” and asking his staff for forgiveness.

It is so true that there are two sides to every story, but I have no intention of justifying or defending myself regardless of the unknown circumstances. My actions did not meet the standards of who I am as a man of faith, a husband, or a father. I own my mistakes, they are mine and mine alone to bear, and I will pay for those mistakes for the rest of my life.

I humbly come to you and ask for your forgiveness as a leader, who clearly has flaws and imperfections. I realize many of you may be upset and disappointed. I understand these feelings and I don’t blame you.

My family has been deeply affected by this and I humbly ask for your grace, discretion and understanding during this difficult time.

Chief Balderrama.

In a letter to its members, Fresno Police Officers Association (FPOA) President Brandon Wiemiller says union members “feel betrayed and that trust has been lost” between them and Chief Balderrama.

The City of Fresno stated that Chief Balderrama will retain his position and continue to serve as Chief of the Fresno Police Department during the investigation.

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