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Menlo Park names interim police chief: David Spiller, retired Pleasanton PD chief

Original post made on Jul 30, 2020

Retired Pleasanton police chief David Spiller will take over as Menlo Park interim chief Friday, July 31. He replaces police Chief Dave Bertini, who announced his July 30 departure during a June City Council meeting on police reform.

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Posted by Money must grow on trees
a resident of another community
on Jul 30, 2020 at 12:49 pm

A retired chief from another city now double-dipping at public expense. The Menlo Park chief that just retired received in 2018 a compensation package of over $308,000 - but less than some of his police sergeants he authorized for overtime. See

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Jul 30, 2020 at 12:59 pm

Presuming the Chief retired with a CalPERS pension he has a very specific limit on how long he can work for Menlo Park:

"The hours you work cannot exceed 960 hours in a fiscal year (July 1 through
June 30) for employment with all CalPERS employers combined. There
are no exceptions to this limit. Your employer must enroll and report your
hours to CalPERS, per Government Code section 21220."

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Posted by Belle Haven Resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Jul 30, 2020 at 2:16 pm

Competent police chiefs don't grow on trees either. Menlo Park is lucky to have found someone on such short notice, even for an interim position.

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Posted by Improvement
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 30, 2020 at 11:08 pm

The important thing was getting Bertini out the door. In my view, that man was not a positive influence on the professionalism of the department. I'm not a fan of double dipping, but that's a larger issue. This fellow looks like he is an experienced law enforcement officer, and chief, and has a more suitable temperament for the job than Bertini. Hopefully the council decides to outsource the department and Chief Spiller's interim service ends with that (correct) act.

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Posted by Google Chief Spiller's record
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jul 31, 2020 at 12:03 am

Spiller presided over Pleasanton police department and has to account for THREE deaths at the hands of police between 2015-2020. WHY IS THIS MAN QUALIFIED TO BE IN THIS POSITION???

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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 31, 2020 at 7:49 am


What were the circumstances of those deaths? Were they justified uses of force? If they were what's your problem?

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Posted by COVID Emergency
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Hills
on Jul 31, 2020 at 7:54 am

I'm pretty sure the 960 hours cap has been lifted during the COVID-19 emergency.

On March 4, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a statewide state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-25-20 to further enhance California’s ability to respond to COVID-19. Consistent with applicable federal law, and to ensure adequate state staffing to expedite emergency response and recovery, the work hour limitations for retired annuitants are suspended from the date the state of emergency was
declared until the state of emergency is lifted.

The intent of the executive order is to suspend reinstatement and the retired annuitant work hour limitation of 960 hours per fiscal year during the state of emergency. Any hours worked by a retired annuitant to ensure adequate staffing during the state of emergency will not be counted toward the 960-hour limit for the fiscal year.

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