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Morgan Hill top cop hired as next Pleasanton police chief

Original post made on Mar 10, 2020

Morgan Hill Police Chief David Swing, who has spent his career with the department in southern Santa Clara County, is making the move north to take the reins as the new chief of the Pleasanton Police Department starting next month.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 12:54 PM

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16 people like this
Posted by resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 10, 2020 at 2:08 pm

Welcome to the city of sham schools, the land of fake universities and visa scams where in spite of the State and Fed governments continually shutting them down - e.g. the LambdaSchool Web Link they for some odd reason continue to grow and proliferate in this town. Even after the State and Feds shut them down.

Why? No one seems to know. Perhaps the new police chief will finally put a stop to this criminal activity.


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Posted by resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 10, 2020 at 2:16 pm

Also, I wonder why the Pleasanton Weekly continues to completely ignore the scam schools in Pleasanton even when they are operating on a model of indentured servitude --- Web Link

Obviously the new police chief has his work cut out for him including getting to the bottom to why the City of Pleasanton keeps issuing businesses licenses to scam operations such as this.


24 people like this
Posted by Tru
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 11, 2020 at 12:06 am

If you ask any MORGAN Hill Officer, they are glad to see him leave. MHPD is currently in a staffing crisis because of poor leadership. Many of the MHPD officers lateraled to a different agency or they are in the process to leave MHPD. Swing also hired a So Cal Captain who never even drove through MH before being hired. So Cal policing is VERY different from a farm-town police agency. Have fun with him Pleasanton. All smoke and mirrors. I foresee a no-confidence vote very soon from your officers.


34 people like this
Posted by Willy
a resident of Old Towne
on Mar 11, 2020 at 9:40 am

We can't promote/hire within the department?


41 people like this
Posted by Ken mano
a resident of Willow West
on Mar 11, 2020 at 2:40 pm

We had the perfect candidate within the department, Capt Eicher has 30 years with the department, lives in Pleasanton, completely involved within the community... helps with Special Olympics, Widner World Christmas, and even chairman of the board of Hope Hospice and on the Community of Character board. Such a great guy and so qualified, I am really disappointed, and there are many upset people in this community. Chief Swing may be a good guy, hope so... but he's still an outsider that has never participated in our community.


17 people like this
Posted by Tru
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 11, 2020 at 8:17 pm

Ken sorry you’re captain wasn’t selected. Also, for them to hire an external candidate raises the question if PPD is doing a good job of training and mentoring their employees. You also need to look at PPDs succession planning, or lack of.

Make no mistake. Swing is all about himself and his resume. He tried to be the City Manager of MH but wasn’t selected. MHPD are losing officers in record numbers. He promoted Captain Shane Palagrove, who has little to no experience and is not respected as a leader by his troops. PPD have fun with yesterday’s garbage in Swing.


21 people like this
Posted by Richie
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 11, 2020 at 10:43 pm

(Removed pending verification) And yet he beat every internal applicant??? That's a problem.


17 people like this
Posted by Bill
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Mar 12, 2020 at 11:24 am

Did Eicher want the job? I don't know either way, and didn't see the applicant list. It seems odd he wouldn't have been hired if he wanted the position. He is an outstanding individual.

That said, sometimes folks don't want to be the top boss. I've seen it before from really good people.

Does anyone here know?


16 people like this
Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 12, 2020 at 6:26 pm

I've heard the same thing about Swing. Very small agency. Captain Eicher and Captain Cox, while both having different styles, would have been good chiefs. Eicher is the senior Captain and has years of command experience. Cox has the respect of the troops, has outside agency experience and has truly shown his leadership ability as he has risen the ranks. He is a cops cop. PPD lacks some modern equipment, offers zero lateral incentives and is definitely not the best paid. I also don't think all the cops there are completely happy. Chief Swing will bring the department in one of two directions, although I have my bet of which one it will be, time will tell.


16 people like this
Posted by Joe Snuffy
a resident of another community
on Mar 12, 2020 at 9:44 pm

Swing is all about #1. He was mentored by another chief with the same attitude. I’ll give you a clue, about his mentor....he retired from San Jose and went to a small town agency and destroyed it! PPD will have its share of issues with a guy like this. Good luck! I’ll pray for you guys! Hope the POA legal fund is healthy.


14 people like this
Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 12, 2020 at 9:57 pm

Joe Snuffy, SJ has produced several of those... you talking about MM? I bet the Morgan Hill guys gave him good recommendations to get rid of him. Smart for them, bad for Ptown.


15 people like this
Posted by Steve
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 13, 2020 at 10:45 am

This is likely another example of PERS spiking. NO doubt there was an internal candidate would have been just as capable. We all pay for moves like this.


20 people like this
Posted by Paula J
a resident of Dublin
on Mar 13, 2020 at 11:22 am

I believe Captain Craig Eicher would have been an excellent police chief for Pleasanton. It’s too bad they felt the need to hire from the outside.

Paula J


13 people like this
Posted by Trace
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Mar 15, 2020 at 7:48 am

Word has it this was a Nelson pic w/very little input from anyone else.


14 people like this
Posted by Christine Raymond
a resident of Stoneridge
on Mar 15, 2020 at 8:10 pm

So unbelievably disappointing that the city manager chose a candidate outside of our community. Captain Craig Eicher has given his heart and soul to the city of Pleasanton for the past 30 years and has worked his way up the ranks and demonstrates an excellent track record of leadership. Dear City Manager, as a concerned citizen I truly do not understand your rationale for hiring an outsider that is not a member of our community when we have a very strong internal candidate.


15 people like this
Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 16, 2020 at 1:39 am

I don't think Fialho cares about the PD. Leadership starts at the top and I doubt he really listened to the rank and file or the POA to get their input. Both Captain's were highly qualified and had the respect of the officers. I know Cox and Eicher could have pulled the department in a direction that would enhance morale and make it a better place to work. If Swing is as bad as he is made to sound, it will have the same result as what is reported to be happening at MHPD with the turnover. With zero recruitment or retention incentives, low pay (as comparable to similar sized agencies in the bay area), limited career growth opportunities and antiquated policies (no facial hair, no visible tattoos, no external vests, no take home cars, no shift differential, etc), why would someone chose to stay with Fialho's installation of a poor leader to add on top of everything else? Too bad we will never know Fialho's reasoning behind this. Time will tell and its unfortunate the department and citizenry of Pleasanton will be the ones that suffer.


10 people like this
Posted by urmomz
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 17, 2020 at 12:36 am

I wonder if all these people singing the praises of people who didn't get the job have any idea what it takes to be a successful police chief. Being a nice guy or involved in a bunch of random community events does not a police chief make.

I'm confident the city council and city manager put a lot of thought into this decision and selected the person they believed would best fill the role. Give the poor guy a chance.


12 people like this
Posted by Chloie
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Mar 17, 2020 at 8:32 am

Officers are already unhappy with the department so hopefully this chief doesn’t add to the morale problem.


2 people like this
Posted by Sportegan
a resident of Carriage Gardens
on Mar 21, 2020 at 8:14 am

If Swing is as bad as he is made to sound, it will have the same result as what is reported to be happening at MHPD with the turnover. With zero recruitment or retention incentives, low pay (as comparable to similar sized agencies in the bay area), limited career growth opportunities and antiquated policies (no facial hair, no visible tattoos, no external vests, no take home cars, no shift differential, etc), why would someone chose to stay with Fialho's installation of a poor leader to add on top of everything else?Web Link


4 people like this
Posted by Richard
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 21, 2020 at 8:14 am

Cox has the respect of the troops, has outside agency experience and has truly shown his leadership ability as he has risen the ranks.


4 people like this
Posted by Isabel
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 22, 2020 at 12:53 am

rhe Interview panel consisted of community stakeholders. I trust their judgment and appreciate their service.


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