Pleasanton Weekly

News - May 6, 2011

Police Chief Spiller to be sworn in Monday

Career officer has 'proven track record,' city manager says

by Jeb Bing

Capt. David Spiller, who was named Pleasanton's new police chief by City Manager Nelson Fialho earlier this week, will be sworn in Monday. He succeeds former Chief Mike Fraser, who retired last November.

As police chief, Spiller will earn $184,000 annually.

Spiller, 43, joined the Pleasanton force in 2002 and most recently has been a captain in the Investigations and Support Services Division, managing all support, investigative, administrative and communications functions.

Prior to coming to Pleasanton, Spiller served as a police sergeant in the Mountain View Police Department. He began his career in 1989 as a police officer with the city of San Diego.

Spiller holds a master's degree in Arts from Saint Mary's College and received a bachelor's degree in science at the University of San Francisco. He also is a graduate of the California Command College and the Senior Management Institute for Police at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

"I am committed to sustaining Pleasanton's quality of life by ensuring the safety of our community and continuing the department's collaboration with residents, the business community, and our school district," Spiller said.

"I look forward to working with the community, our elected officials, the city manager and the fine men and women of the Pleasanton Police Department," he added.

Spiller and his wife Kathleen have a 3-year-old daughter.

In making the announcement Tuesday morning, Fialho said:

"After a comprehensive search to fill this vital position, I am confident that David Spiller exceeds the rigorous criteria for the position of police chief.

"He has a strong and positive reputation as an open communicator with a proven track record of effective and proactive leadership, and divergent experience in serving other municipalities."

An official swearing-in ceremony will be held in the council chamber at 9 a.m. Monday morning.


Posted by Beforeit'stoolate, a resident of Pleasanton Village
on Jun 29, 2011 at 9:06 pm

(Post removed by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff as innuendo, hearsay or specific accusatory information unsupported by facts.)

Posted by once more, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 29, 2011 at 10:01 pm

OK police chief. How about leading by example. Take a 15% pay cut. I pay your salary. What about that pension? Pensions are killing the economy. Stop picking my pocket!! You're supposed to be stopping crime!!

Posted by Truth, a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jul 3, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Once more...when are you guys going to realize you get what you pay for? You want to live in a crime free city with all the benefits that entails but you don't want to pay for it? Don't you think there are other places the city can trim the fat? Who about the 29 million dollars for the arts center? Come on there Ace let's get real. If you still don't like that why don't you go to the police academy and strap on a gun and patrol the streets at midnight on Christmas.

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