Interim Chief Dave Spiller is a 31 year law enforcement veteran having started his career in public service in the late 1980’s with the San Diego Police Department where he worked as a patrol officer for a short time before joining the Mountain View Police Department. With well over a decade of service in various department operations with the Mountain View Police Department, Dave earned a strong reputation as an effective problem solver and collaborator. He later sought out a position with the City of Pleasanton and joined the Pleasanton Police Department as the Administrative Lieutenant.
After being appointed to the rank of Captain in 2003 at Pleasanton Police Department, Dave rotated to manage both major divisions of his department, which included the Patrol Division as well as the Investigations and Support Services Division. Dave moved on to the position of Police Chief in 2011 to provide overall leadership to the organization and worked to oversee all aspects of police department operations as Pleasanton’s sixth Police Chief.
Dave has an associate degree in Administration of Justice from De Anza College in Cupertino, a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco as well as a master’s degree from Saint Mary’s College in Public Sector Leadership. Dave is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police through the Police Executive Research Forum and he is a graduate of the California POST Command College.
Dave is very involved in his community and in his profession – he serves as an advisory board member on the Administration of Justice Board at Las Positas College, where he also serves as an adjunct faculty member. Dave serves as a member of the International Criminal Justice Board at the University of San Francisco – and he is an independent, contract trainer and group facilitator serving non-profit organizations and municipal government. In the months since leaving Pleasanton, he has worked with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Office of Internal Affairs as a member of the organization’s Deadly Force Review Board.