Pleasanton police welcome new officers, recognize promotions

Five promotions and five new employees honored at ceremony last week

Pleasanton police welcomed three new officers and two staff members and honored five who were promoted last week in a department ceremony.

The promotions included one new Lieutenant, three new Sergeants and one new support services manager during a swearing-in ceremony on Dec. 9, according to a release by the department.

The department also welcomed three new officers, a business services manager and a new police chaplain -- a Pleasanton pastor -- and wished the new hires the best.

"This is an exciting time for the Pleasanton P.D. new faces, new members to our organizational family and new opportunities for those promoting within the department," police chief Dave Spiller said. "We are all excited, excited to celebrate today and excited as we move forward into our future."

All of the new hires and promotions were done to fill open positions created by retirements, with the exception of the business services manager, which is a newly created position, said police spokesman Lt. Jeff Bretzing. All positions are funded via the city of Pleasanton's general fund.

Lt. James Knox, Sgt. Leigh Ridgers, Sgt. Mark Reimer, Officer Jeff Grave and support services manager Margaret Mary Goulart recently retired from the department, creating some of the openings. Other openings were created through promotions, Bretzing said.

Kurt Schlehuber was promoted from sergeant to lieutenant. Schlehuber started at Pleasanton Police Department in 2003 and has served as a patrol officer, bicycle officer, field training officer, a SWAT team member and a child abuse detective.

Schlehuber has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Cal State Sacramento and a master's degree in public administration from Cal State East Bay. He is also a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisor Leadership Institute.

Brandon Stocking, Erik Silacci and Aaron Fountain were promoted from officers to sergeants.

Stocking joined the Pleasanton Police Department in 2008 and has worked as a patrol officer and a detective, in addition to being a member of the East County Tactical Team. He has received four Mothers against Drunk Driving (MADD) recognitions and two California Hero awards for his work with DUI enforcement.

He has a bachelor's degree in leadership from Union Institute and University.

Silacci joined Pleasanton Police Department in 2004 and previously worked for two years at the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office. He has served as a school resource officer, a detective and a field training officer.

He has a bachelor's degree in managerial economics from UC Davis.

Fountain, a Foothill High alumnus, joined the department in 2001 and previously worked for several years at the Antioch Police Department. He's served as a patrol officer, field training officer, detective, volunteer advisor and assistant SWAT team leader.

He has a bachelor's degree in physical education from Cal State Poly San Louis Obispo.

Jacqueline Simon was promoted from dispatch supervisor to support services manager, where she will oversee the records and dispatch units. Simon joined the department as a police dispatcher in 206 and was promoted to dispatch supervisor in 2008.

Simon has a degree in human services management from the University of Phoenix.

Officers Leslie Montgomery, Peter McNeff and James Tran were hired and sworn in last week. They will undergo a 16-week field training process before being assigned as patrol officers.

Montgomery was hired after working at the Suisun Police Department after attending Brigham Young University.

McNeff is a recent graduate of the Napa Police Academy and received his bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Cal State East Bay.

Tran served in the U.S. Marine Corps for five years before earning an associate's degree from Ohlone Community College in Fremont.

Matthew Lacey was hired as the department's new police chaplain. Lacey, who has been the lead pastor at Fountain Church in Pleasanton since March, has been a pastor for more than 12 years.

Nancy Morehead was hired as the department's new business services manager. She previously worked for the Santa clara Sheriff's Office, the city of Milpitas, the city of Livermore and the East Bay Regional Park District Police Department. She has a bachelor's degree in recreation administration from San Jose State University.


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Posted by Spudly
a resident of Laguna Oaks
on Dec 17, 2015 at 9:02 am

Nice to see the higher education level and varied backgrounds of the officers being hired.

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Posted by Happy!
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 18, 2015 at 10:35 pm

Glad PPD is still able to recruit great candidates given attitudes towards police these days!

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