"Eric has been a key member of the police department for many years," Fraser said. "I am looking forward to working closely with Captain Finn and his counterpart, Capt. Dave Spiller, as we lead the Pleasanton Police Department into the future."
Also granted promotions were sergeants Craig Eicher and Michael Elerick to the rank of lieutenant and officers Joseph Leonardo and Leigh Ridgers to the rank of sergeant, effective last Saturday.
Eicher began his career at the police department in December 1989 as a police reserve officer. His assignments include bike patrol, field training officer, motor officer, detective and detective sergeant. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in May 2002. He also holds a master's degree from St. Mary's College.
Starting out as a police officer with the city of Richmond from 1991 to 1993, Elerick was hired as an officer in Pleasanton in April 1993. His various assignments have included SWAT team member, personnel and training, detective, and field training officer. Currently, he serves as an administrative sergeant. He earned a bachelor's degree from St. Mary's College.
In August 1989, Leonardo came to the department as an entry-level officer. Since that time he has served as a SWAT member, DARE officer, bike patroller, narcotics officer and field training officer, and now is a detective.
Previously working in the Piedmont Police Department as an explorer, reserve police officer, dispatcher and police officer, Ridgers came to the Pleasanton department in November 1989. His duties have included motor officer, field training officer and detective. He now is the treasurer for the Pleasanton Police Officers' Association board.
"I believe this is the largest single promotional ceremony we have ever had in the history of the Pleasanton Police Department," Fraser said. "All totaled, these five men have 80 years of law enforcement experience with Pleasanton.
He continued, "They are consummate professionals and I am looking forward to many good things coming from each of them. Over the years I have enjoyed working with each of them watching them grow and mature professionally. I am very happy for the officers and their families, they have worked hard for this opportunity and deserve all the credit."
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