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Menlo Park's interim police chief to head San Rafael police department

David Spiller, recently retired Pleasanton police chief, takes over as Menlo Park's interim police chief July 31. Courtesy Pleasanton Police Department.

Spiller is a former chief of the Pleasanton Police Department and previously worked for the Mountain View and San Diego police departments.

After a seven-month retirement from the Pleasanton department, he took on the role of Menlo Park's interim chief at the end of July, filling the vacancy created when former Chief Dave Bertini abruptly announced his departure from the department during a June City Council discussion on police reform.

"I genuinely look forward to lending my experience to San Rafael and working with a team of committed public service professionals,” said Spiller in a statement. "San Rafael is a wonderful, supportive community and I am eager to be a part of this very special place."

His starting salary will be $16,152 per month. He did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The city of Menlo Park is making progress toward selecting a new police chief. According to City Manager Starla Jerome-Robinson, the city has received applications from a number of qualified candidates and interviews were scheduled to begin this week.

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"We have an excellent slate of candidates," she said. "I'm feeling very excited about that."

"Chief Spiller has been of great value to our organization, and I genuinely appreciate his time with the city of Menlo Park. I wish him the best in his future endeavors," she said in an email to The Almanac. "With his eminent departure, the city is moving forward efficiently with the police chief recruitment, with the intention of having a new chief in place in the near future."

She added that the city plans to conduct a thorough background check of the next chief, who will need some time to notify his or her current agency before leaving.

"We are proceeding as quickly as possible, but I need confidence that the new chief has the right skill set, professional experience and fit for the police department, and the city," she wrote.

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Menlo Park's interim police chief to head San Rafael police department

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Uploaded: Thu, Feb 11, 2021, 4:39 pm

Spiller is a former chief of the Pleasanton Police Department and previously worked for the Mountain View and San Diego police departments.

After a seven-month retirement from the Pleasanton department, he took on the role of Menlo Park's interim chief at the end of July, filling the vacancy created when former Chief Dave Bertini abruptly announced his departure from the department during a June City Council discussion on police reform.

"I genuinely look forward to lending my experience to San Rafael and working with a team of committed public service professionals,” said Spiller in a statement. "San Rafael is a wonderful, supportive community and I am eager to be a part of this very special place."

His starting salary will be $16,152 per month. He did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The city of Menlo Park is making progress toward selecting a new police chief. According to City Manager Starla Jerome-Robinson, the city has received applications from a number of qualified candidates and interviews were scheduled to begin this week.

"We have an excellent slate of candidates," she said. "I'm feeling very excited about that."

"Chief Spiller has been of great value to our organization, and I genuinely appreciate his time with the city of Menlo Park. I wish him the best in his future endeavors," she said in an email to The Almanac. "With his eminent departure, the city is moving forward efficiently with the police chief recruitment, with the intention of having a new chief in place in the near future."

She added that the city plans to conduct a thorough background check of the next chief, who will need some time to notify his or her current agency before leaving.

"We are proceeding as quickly as possible, but I need confidence that the new chief has the right skill set, professional experience and fit for the police department, and the city," she wrote.

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DC McGlynn
Registered user
Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Feb 12, 2021 at 12:08 pm
DC McGlynn, Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
Registered user
on Feb 12, 2021 at 12:08 pm

What a gravy train this guy is on! Full pension from Pleasanton PD, interim salary from Menlo Park PD and now a $200k per year job in leafy San Rafael. I am not a police officer however if I was I would be seriously demoralized by this behavior. Is there no opportunity for upward mobility in the police? Is there any wonder some get bitter in their old age? The collection of upward of $300k per year by a retired officer in this new role is very unfair. (Would not happen in other countries, if you retire and rehire you forfeit your pension). Will never happen here. Sad PS. I wonder where (Ret) Chief Bertini will land in a plum new role. Does anyone know?


Notes
Registered user
Portola Valley: Westridge
on Feb 12, 2021 at 4:54 pm
Notes, Portola Valley: Westridge
Registered user
on Feb 12, 2021 at 4:54 pm

As I recall, the previous Chief of police, Bertini, was or is being investigated. He abruptly quit during a press conference. If they didn't have an officer being groomed for the Chief position, what was Menlo Park to do, except bring in an interim Chief? Furthermore, If Mr. Spiller served out his whole career for Pleasanton, and therefore has earned his pension, this has nothing to do with him taking another, new job at full salary. In fact, this is exactly what happens to our members of the Senate and Congress---pension after service (it does differ depending on age at retirement and years of service.) They do not lose this pension if they take another job---say, as a professor, or in industry somewhere. The former City Manager of Menlo Park, Alex McIntyre, was asked to leave---paid to leave--his position in Portola Valley. He got an enormous amount of money. He then took the position in Menlo Park at full salary. He left for the same position in Ventura. Of course this kind of thing happens in this area.


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