Craig Eicher, a former member of the Pleasanton Police Department for more than three decades including six months as interim police chief, was recently named president of Pleasanton's Community of Character Collaborative.
According to a news release from the organization, Eicher, a longtime Pleasanton resident, has been on the Board of Directors for several years and has helped with things like manning the barbecue fundraising events for the organization, which looks to instill good values in the community.
"We appreciate Craig for his willingness to continue serving the Pleasanton community after his retirement," according to the news release.
The nonprofit is a joint collaboration among the city government, the Pleasanton Unified School District and the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce. According to its website, the organization's goals are to "help create a community of character built on values, goodwill and the traits of responsibility, compassion, self-discipline, honesty, respect and integrity."
Some of the ways the collaborative helps the community is by putting together scholarships; holding award ceremonies for character and service; and putting together a special olympics where Eicher has previously volunteered in handing out awards to the athletes.
Eicher will be taking over after former president Kelly O'Lague announced her departure from the collaborative so that she could take the CEO position of the United Way of the Columbia-Willamette, an organization in Portland, Oregon.
O'Lague had a long presence in nonprofit leadership in the Tri-Valley, including guiding the Tri-Valley's Child Care Links as CEO through its merger with the San Leandro-based Family Service Counseling and Community Resource Center in July 2019. The nonprofit rebranded as Hively one month later.
Hively parted ways with O'Lague in February and while this new job is in Oregon, the collaborative's news release stated that O'Lague will continue to be a member of the Community of Character's Board of Directors, while maintaining a residence in Pleasanton.
It also stated that she took the job to be closer to her daughter and grandchild who live in Oregon.
"Kelly continues to be a wonderful and compassionate leader who is committed to helping children, seniors, and those in need," according to the news release. "We appreciate her many years of selfless service and personal sacrifice to the community all while promoting the values of the Community of Character."
Eicher was hired as a full-time police officer with the Pleasanton Police Department in 1991, rising through the ranks up to a promotion as captain about 10 years ago. He served as interim police chief for more than six months in 2019 and 2020, and officially retired from the force in January 2021.
He also founded the Pleasanton Police Officers Charitable Foundation, was president of the Pleasanton Police Officers Association for six years and was on the Board of Directors of Hope Hospice where he served as board president for six years.