New Pleasanton Police Chief David Swing is set to join the department this Wednesday, more than a month later than originally scheduled due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Swing, former chief of the Morgan Hill Police Department, was slated to take over as chief of the Pleasanton Police Department on April 13, but City Manager Nelson Fialho postponed Swing's arrival to avoid onboarding a new chief during the early weeks of the COVID-19 crisis -- and leaving Acting Chief Craig Eicher in the leadership position until the time was right for the transition.
"To maintain consistency in our city’s response to the pandemic, it was important to keep the leadership structure. We are now in a position to bring Chief Swing on board, and look forward to doing so this week," Fialho told the Weekly.
Swing's first day on the job will be Wednesday. A formal and virtual swearing-in ceremony will take place the following week, though details are still being finalized, according to Cindy Chin, the city's public information officer.
Eicher, a longtime Pleasanton police official, will be returning to his role as a police captain as of Wednesday, according to Chin. He has served as the department's interim chief since Nov. 15 -- once David Spiller retired after eight-plus years as police chief.
Swing, who was selected as Pleasanton's new police chief on March 10, had led the Morgan Hill Police Department since 2011. His last working day there was April 3.
During the interim, Swing has participated virtually in weekly meetings with the city of Pleasanton's executive team during organizational discussions around the city's COVID-19 response, according to Fialho.