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Pleasanton names Capt. Dave Spiller as its new police chief

Original post made on May 3, 2011

Capt. David Spiller was named Pleasanton's new police chief today, succeeding former Chief Mike Fraser, who retired last November. The appointment, made by City Manager Nelson Fialho, takes effect next Monday.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, May 3, 2011, 1:01 PM

Comments (38)

Posted by unclehomerr.., a resident of Downtown
on May 3, 2011 at 11:16 pm


This has been up for nearly 12 hours and nobody's congratulated Chief Spiller?? I'll do it... Congratulations to Chief Spiller! Wish you many years of great success in Pleasanton.

unclehomerr..


Posted by John, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 3, 2011 at 11:19 pm

OK, I'll be the first one to ask this. Why not do what is right and take a 10% pay cut, and raise your minimum retirement age to sixty. Lead by example for a change. I'm sick to death of paying the salaries of people like you. GET THE MESSAGE???


Posted by avhsst, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 3, 2011 at 11:36 pm

Congradulations to Chief Spiller!!! I remember job shadowing him a few years ago and it was a great experience. I am sure he would serve our community well.


Posted by Ben, a resident of Ruby Hill
on May 4, 2011 at 1:41 am

John, this has been discussed many times. Chief Spiller will be comparable to a CEO or president at any company. Imagine a president, vice president or CEO of a company in the Hacienda Business Park. What do you think their salary is? Probably the same if not even more. Why should Chief Spiller take a 10% pay cut? He does what people like you are afraid to do. His officers have and will continue to risk their lives for people like you who do not understand the dangers they face on a daily basis.

They do not deserve to take a pay cut. These cops bust their as* to keep our community safe. Thanks to them, I am proud to call Pleasanton my home. I feel safe letting my kids play on my court. I feel reassured knowing they are just a phone call away. I believe I am paying for quality police service. Have you seen how violent this year has been for police officers nationwide? Did you know that most police officers develop major health issues from the job? A police officers life span is drastically reduced to the rigors of the job. The tough hours, the heavy equipment (which causes back and nerve problems), the stress, etc. Did you ever think how many holidays Chief Spiller and his officers had to work instead of spending it with their family? How many Christmas mornings they were not there to watch their kids open presents?

So instead of hijacking this topic (which is congratulating Chief Spiller on his promotion), how about you move out of the state if you are "sick to death" of paying their high salaries. Some states cops only make $15.00 an hour. Sounds like you should live there. Or maybe give Oakland a try! GET THE MESSAGE???

Congrats to Chief Spiller. Just know that aside from people like John, there ARE people in your community that support our PD and admire the job you do everyday. Best of luck with your new assignment.


Posted by Concerned, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 4, 2011 at 8:08 am

I agree with John. It is high time we start lowering the salaries and extending the retirement age of new appointees to all public positions. That is the only way we can get our budgets under control.


Posted by Emily , a resident of another community
on May 4, 2011 at 8:35 am

Congrats to Dave! It is well deseserved. Pleasanton's community is again in good hands.


Posted by Randy Randleman, a resident of Mission Park
on May 4, 2011 at 8:40 am

Congrats Chief Spiller on the new appointment, sounds like you worked hard to get to this position! Nicely said Ben and I so agree.


Posted by John, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 4, 2011 at 8:58 am

Ben,

Here's a little suggestion for you. If you think Dave Spiller is doing such a fine job with your hard earned tax dollars, why don't you send him a donation? Better yet, why don't you pay my taxes for me? Bottom line is the state is broke. We can't afford to pay these sky high salaries and unsustainable pensions anymore. STOP PICKING MY POCKET. If this person is supposed to be in law enforcement, then why is he robbing me to pay for his luxurious retirement? Is he a policeman or a common street thug? You tell me.

Dave Spiller, time to lead by example. TAKE A 10% PAYCUT AND FORGO YOUR EARLY RETIREMENT OPTION OR RESIGN AND LET SOMEONE WITH SOME FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY!


Posted by richard, a resident of Downtown
on May 4, 2011 at 9:13 am

Honestly get off of your high horse people. John is exactly right, quit complaining or just leave. But hey guess what doesn't matter where you go because no matter what YOU are going to have to pay for the salaries of those people too. Once you commit your life to the service of others by taking the responsibility of their safety then maybe, just maybe you can complain. The funny thing is though, you call the cops when you need them but expect them to work selflessly and to do it for free. So instead of thinking about yourself, look at it through their eyes. You will probably learn something. You're ignorance is what brings good communities to a house divided. Grow up and be thankful for the community you live in.


Posted by John, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 4, 2011 at 9:13 am

" He does what people like you are afraid to do."

Well, I was the CEO of a venture funded start-up, so I do know what I am talking about.


Posted by GlenL, a resident of Civic Square
on May 4, 2011 at 9:27 am

Congratulations, Dave! I know you'll do an excellent job.


Posted by richard, a resident of Downtown
on May 4, 2011 at 9:42 am

I meant Ben is right. John you definetly live in Pleasanton, its told through the arrogance. Nobody cares you were a CEO. If you're such a hot shot then you have some money to spare. Once again, quit complaining and get off your high horse. GET THE MESSAGE?


Posted by John, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 4, 2011 at 11:01 am

richard,

When will people like figure this out? The state is broke. We can't afford to just keep throwing money at the problem. Without pension reform and cuts in salaries it will only get worse. Did you see the result of "Measure E"? Didn't you get the memo? We're sick to death of it. How much is enough for these people? Have a look at what some of these people make. It is all online now.

I'll say it again. ACT LIKE A LEADER AND TAKE A 10% PAY CUT AND NO RETIREMENT UNTIL 65. Don't act like a common street thug. STOP PICKING MY POCKET!!!


Posted by James Crockett, a resident of Birdland
on May 4, 2011 at 12:56 pm

John-

I challenge you to be a leader in this community and shut your mouth, step up and become a reserve police officer. That way you can serve your community for free and risk your life in the process.

You seem to forget, my friend, the police sergeant that had to defend her own life and shoot and kill a man while you were asleep behind your locked door, safe in the knowledge that police officers are on duty doing what YOU are afraid to do.

No one is picking your pocket. Police officers earn every penny they make, and if you think they live in "Luxury" in retirement you had better do some research. How about you go to the CAL PERS website and find out what retired officers make on their pensions. Hardly living in the lap of luxury. Come up with some new material because you are parroting someone else's rhetoric, and you are just plain wrong.


Posted by Salsa, a resident of Downtown
on May 4, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Congratulations Dave Spiller, we know our city is in goods hands with you as our new Police Chief. After many years of knowing you and watching the good work you have been doing, we are confident you will continue to do an outstanding job.


Posted by John, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 4, 2011 at 1:55 pm

I don't know how to get through to some people, but once they get addicted to tax payer money, they just want more and more. When is enough enough? It is like a drug addict asking for more drugs. Throwing money at the problem is never the solution. Think back before we went crazy with theses out of control pensions and salaries. You know what, we got along just fine back then.

10% PAY CUT AND NO RETIREMENT BEFORE 65. LEAD BY EXAMPLE.


Posted by Frank Thomas, a resident of Downtown
on May 4, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Dear John
Due to budget cuts the Police will have to cut serving 10% of the citizens from now on. Starting with you. Dont choke on your cake while eating. The rest of us as a majority appreciate the high level of service and quality of officers our tax money pays for. Not just yours.

Congratulations Chief Spiller


Posted by Shirley, a resident of Del Prado
on May 4, 2011 at 2:16 pm

As a resident and retired City of Pleasanton employee (I might add, on the very low end of the retirement-salary range) I wish to congratulate Chief Spiller on his recent promotion. This promotion is well deserved.


Posted by John, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 4, 2011 at 2:57 pm

"The rest of us as a majority appreciate the high level of service and quality of officers our tax money pays for"

The same line we keep getting from the Pleasanton "teachers". Notice what happened to "Measure E"? Getting the message yet? People in Pleasanton are fed up paying your high salaries and retirement when everyone else has taken a pay cut or been fired. Being a police in Pleasanton is about is easy as it gets. Try working in Richmond or Oakland and maybe then I'll say your "earn" your pay.


Posted by Ben, a resident of Ruby Hill
on May 4, 2011 at 4:08 pm

" He does what people like you are afraid to do."
Well, I was the CEO of a venture funded start-up, so I do know what I am talking about.


So... John... I dont get it. Because you were the CEO of a venture funded start-up you know what it is like to risk your life and be a police officer? You really are nuts.


Posted by Derick, a resident of another community
on May 4, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Congratulations Chief Spiller!!

A man from San Diego is a man of honor. Thank you, for your service to our community. San Diego officers have the best code of ethics.

Thank you for your integrity Dave!



Posted by No apple vs oranges, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 4, 2011 at 4:50 pm

To make a more realistic comparison to CEOs, the majority are 60, 65, and 70. They are still mid-managers suffering family relocations, gaps between companies, and often being promoted to a vp, pres, or ceo at 59, or 66, with the expectations they will be spending more than a few years in their new position.
This would have been a good time for L-P leaders to have grabbed the fast-spinning revolving door, and required a minimum period, like 5-6 years in the position.......IN ORDER TO COLLECT FULL RETIREMENT from that position, otherwise, fairly pro-rated proportionately downward.
Obviously, nothing will ever change... financial disaster in our future. A good guy or a worthy guy is NOT the question, and is not the criteria used in the real world....those are assumed, but not added to the pay scale.


Posted by ?, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on May 4, 2011 at 5:46 pm

Let's not get carried away with the CEO/VP comparisons. There are 116 employees in the police department. At best, this is a mid level manager position.

Spiller's total compensation (not even including his potential very early retirement) far outstrips that of private industry mid level manager compensation.

Congrats on the new position - now please do lead by example.


Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill
on May 4, 2011 at 9:01 pm

John said:"The same line we keep getting from the Pleasanton "teachers". Notice what happened to "Measure E"? Getting the message yet? People in Pleasanton are fed up paying your high salaries and retirement when everyone else has taken a pay cut or been fired."

John, please don't presume to speak for the rest of us. A solid majority of us (65%) voted in favor of Measure E. OK, that wasn't enough to get the Measure passed. Fine. But you can't use a 35% to 65% vote as evidence that the people of Pleasanton support your views.


Posted by John, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 4, 2011 at 9:39 pm

All I can say is here we go again. I'm sure he is a nice guy but in the private sector we need more than that. We have to live within our means. I've fired more nice guys in the last three years than most people have ever managed in the first place. That is the reality of making a profit and if we ever want to fix this mess than we'll need to run things more like a business. We all want to see what is going to be done about the fiscal mess we are in this town, state, and country. It starts at the top. Now please, go and do the right thing.


Posted by richard, a resident of Downtown
on May 4, 2011 at 10:41 pm

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Posted by James T., a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 5, 2011 at 8:42 am

No doubt he will serve 5 years as Chief and then retire. That will cost Pleasanton taxpayers about $200,000 a year plus benefits for the rest of his life. If he lives to 90 years old, it will cost Pleasanton over $10 million. These guys should not be able to retire until they are Social Security retirement age and should not get over 60% of their previous salary in yearly pension.


Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill
on May 5, 2011 at 10:07 am

I haven't seen anyone give specifics on what kind of retirement program we're talking about here. Do years of service count into the calculation? At what age is he eligible for retirement, and is the retirement pay scaled to the age at which retirement starts?

Finally, a note to "John": If you really are a manager or a business owner then you know that it is difficult to recruit and retain talented people. Sure, we could get someone to take the job of Pleasanton police chief for 10% or even 20% or 40% less than currently being offered. But if the amount we offer isn't competitive with what other communities are offering then talented candidates will say "no thanks" and look elsewhere.


Posted by Sam, a resident of Danbury Park
on May 5, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Let them work elsewhere if they want. I'm laid off and I'd be happy to work for a lot less than them and I don't need a pension.


Posted by Gary Schwaegerle, a resident of Downtown
on May 5, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Gary Schwaegerle is a registered user.

Congratulations Chief Spiller ! Gary Schwaegerle & Family


Posted by Amazed, a resident of Civic Square
on May 7, 2011 at 8:59 am

Well Sam, if you are laid off, why don't you sign yourself up for the local police academy (I hear the Sheriff's Office has one in Dublin that is rated the #1 most difficult academy in the state), survive it and graduate, then apply for a position as a Police Officer with the City of Pleasanton. When you fill out the application please remember to write in that you are willing to take %20 less than any other candidate......Good luck champ!


Posted by Mike, a resident of Downtown
on May 7, 2011 at 10:47 am

Congratulations to Dave, he has and will serve us well, we should all be thankful that he is motivated to serve at this level.


Posted by John, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 7, 2011 at 9:52 pm

Yes, congratulations, now hows about a pay cut. 10% would be a good start. This is the height of fiscal irresponsibility. When does it stop? Where does it end?


Posted by Kristen W., a resident of Foothill Farms
on May 8, 2011 at 12:29 pm


John, you are one brain-cell-deprived ex-CEO. Maybe one of the reasons these cops make a fair wage is because they forced to deal with utter morons like you. Move to New Orleans, John. The cops make about $22,000 a year and corruption runs rampant. Any you were the genius CEO of WHAT company?? A police chief is, like Ben pointed out, a CEO. They deal with many of the same issues any CEO deals with in trying to run a large corporation. Why shouldn't they be compensated fairly for it? Congratulations to our new police chief, David Spiller, and may his vision lead the police department into the future.


Posted by Chris, a resident of another community
on May 8, 2011 at 12:32 pm


Can I suggest that John move his posts to the more appropriate "John the village idiot" forum?


Posted by John, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 8, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Because we're broke and taxed to death. How can we afford the millions and millions this guy will take home in retirement? I got a hint for you. There gonna raise your taxes. Bet you anything. Enough is enough.


Posted by ?, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on May 8, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Right ... CEO of a 116 person department for a low-crime suburban town ... LOL

He deserves to be paid millions

I guess this is why 30 people applied for the job ... too good of a deal.


Posted by citizensofPleasantonpolicereviewboard, a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jun 29, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Why not tell the truth for a change? That the Pleasanton Police Department has had an illegal so-called GPS Tracking Operation going on for some time. Mr. Frazier boasted a drop in crime the year before
like it was his handy work. There's Cameras posted everywhere in Pleasanton, but I read an article about Solar panel's being stolen off of a school almost right across the street from the Pleasanton Police dept. What a joke. Then there was the time I was at the Alameda County Fairgrounds (The GoodGuys Car Show) and I saw a Pleasanton Police Officer placing what looked like a BLACK-BOX under a car being driven by a Man, his Wife and infant Child. The point is there 'is' no real crime in Pleasanton. It's Police Dept. runs rampant with civil rights and Const. violations. They wire up illegal spy equiptment on residents cars,trucks, and vans which are used to evesdrop illegally
on residents. This is due to lack of City Council/Mayor Leadership.
When Jennifer Hosterman found out about the corruption in her dept. she should have put a citizen's police review board together. When the Council and Mayor found out the Horse-shit that there Police were up too,
they should have contacted the people asserting the acusation's and
gotton to the bottom of it. But they didn't. They just told Mr. Frazier, Thanks for putting Pleasanton on the Map as the "Illegal Spying network" Capitol of these United States. Then hired from within
it's ranks to keep the Horse-shit quiet; and in-house. And to keep
from going to prison,
(YES, Officers of the Pleasanton Police Department)
they involved themselves
with EXTORION, BLACKMALE, CRIMINAL THREATS and ILLEGAL SPYING EQUIPMENT. Because you didn't ask the hard question's, implement real change in your Police Dept. and fire that LOSER MR. FRAZIER, you now have to answer to all that undeserving money your shoveling into his pocket. And John Lowell, the City Attorney of Pleasanton knows all about a police cover-up. San Louis Obis- need I say more? What B.S.
I thought helping to bankraupt the City of VALLEJO, CA some years back
was enough to disqualify him from EEEVER touching Pleasanton Money!
And then there's all that other stuff that's Mayor and Council related. Don't think for one minute that people don't know your Bullshit... 'cause lemme tell you. People TALK. And then they WROTE.
Be careful with your Career's when you choose to stand next to Biggotry and Racism. Even if it does have a Shiny Badge attached to it. Because you yourself may be called a Racist-Biggot for DOING
ABSOLUTEY NOTHING. Food for thought elected-Officials.


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