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News - March 2, 2007

Five promoted in Pleasanton Police Department

Eric Finn named captain, takes over Chief Michael Fraser's old post

New Police Chief Michael Fraser announced the promotion of Lt. Eric Finn to captain last Saturday.

Finn got his start in law enforcement with the Alameda County Sheriff's Office in 1988 as a Deputy Sheriff and worked in the Santa Rita Jail. He came to the Pleasanton department in July 1990 and moved up in the ranks to sergeant in 1997 and lieutenant in 2002. He was sworn in on Monday.

"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."

--Emily Atwood


Posted by aaron, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Oct 1, 2007 at 1:22 pm

The Pleasanton Police definately could use some improvements. Eric Finn, is a great officer turned captain. One of the good cops in pleasanton. As for a few of the others, you should look at the disputed cases. One is pretty fraudulant with alot of charges, and especially with the way he handles his cases. I am not a fan of this officer. I have seen him do things a good officer should never do. I am disapointed with his promotion. In fact I don't even believe he should be in this town. Considering he was leading rookies, and showing them the ropes, I am not impressed. In fact I am pretty upset with the quality, and actions taken by the newer officers, and even some of the older ones. Don't get me wrong in Pleasanton we have some great police, but we also have some not so great ones. I'd say to the community watch out. these aren't good cops, and don't know or care for your rights, or proper procedure. But congrats to Finn, and Fraser. Those 2 are good for the community. After all that is what I think they should be doing, being good to the community.

Thank You

Posted by registered user, Emily Atwood, a resident of Pleasanton Weekly staff reporter
on Oct 1, 2007 at 2:48 pm

A name in the previous comment was omitted because it could be considered libelous as it was not backed by fact.

Posted by David Walden, a resident of Verona
on Oct 4, 2007 at 7:50 am

Congratulations to Eric Finn - a guy who deserves the promotion. I have known Eric for several years where I have seen his professionalism and friendliness take him to the top. A great guy to know - although I don't want to know him tooo professionally.

Posted by ben, a resident of Birdland
on Nov 21, 2007 at 10:49 am

congrats to finn, you deserve it. you may not remember me, but you are a good man.

Posted by Anonymous, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 16, 2012 at 10:46 pm

I just found this article. Had I found this when this news was recent and relevant, I would have commented then.

One of those promoted to Lieutenant when this article was written (the one who previously served with Richmond PD) is seriously a disgrace to the men and women who wear the uniform and represent that department. Too bad he holds a high up position as he is hypocritical, egotistical, and lacks respect for fellow officers.