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News - October 4, 2019

Police chief announces retirement

After 8+ years leading Pleasanton PD, Spiller stepping away next month

by Jeremy Walsh

Pleasanton Police Chief David Spiller announced on Tuesday that he will be retiring from the department next month after more than eight years at the helm.

Spiller, who first joined the Pleasanton Police Department as a lieutenant 17 years ago, was promoted to police chief in 2011 after serving nearly eight years as a captain before that.

"I am just pleased to have had the privilege of serving the Pleasanton community," Spiller told the Weekly. "I am proud of the department and all that the men and women of the PPD have accomplished these past years. There are really good people here that care a lot about the service they provide to this supportive community."

"I am eager for a quiet departure, and I hope the Pleasanton PD and the community 'look forward' to what's ahead," he added.

Spiller's retirement will take effect on Nov. 14. An interim police chief has not yet been named. The recruitment process for a permanent successor is expected to last three to six months.

A career police professional, Spiller served in every sworn rank position, climbing from patrol officer to police chief.

He also built a lengthy educational resume over the years, including an associate degree in administration of justice from De Anza College, a bachelor's degree in organizational behavior from the University of San Francisco and a master's degree from Saint Mary's College in public sector leadership. Additionally, he was a graduate of the California Command College and Senior Management Institute for Police at Harvard University.

Spiller began his police work in the San Diego and Mountain View police departments. He moved to Pleasanton police as a lieutenant in 2002, and the next year was promoted to police captain.

In May 2011, Spiller was appointed as the sixth police chief in city history.

City leaders lauded Spiller for his service and accomplishments in Pleasanton, including modernizing the department's training, technology and equipment, and developing partnerships with police staff, community members and regional stakeholders, including nonprofits, community groups and surrounding law enforcement agencies.

"The safety and quality of life in Pleasanton is a direct result of Chief Spiller's outstanding leadership for the last 17 years," City Manager Nelson Fialho said in a statement. "He served and led every day with compassion, integrity and responsiveness to our city. Dave's extraordinary vision and professionalism will be missed, and we wish him the very best in his retirement."


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