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Pleasanton Chief Retires After 30 Years Of Service

Pleasanton Chief Retires After 30 Years Of Service

Pleasanton, Calif. Police Chief Michael Fraser. (Courtesy/City of Pleasanton)

San Jose Mercury News via YellowBrix

October 29, 2010

PLEASANTON — After being a fixture in the city’s police department for the past 30 years, Chief Michael Fraser has decided to retire.

Fraser was appointed to the city’s top police spot in 2007 and held numerous positions from beat officer to SWAT to detective and was one of the city’s first motorcycle officers. His last day is Nov. 12.

“You name it, he has done it,” said Nelson Fialho, Pleasanton’s city manager who appointed Fraser to the position in 2007.

“He was promoted through the ranks from sergeant to lieutenant to captain …,” Fialho said. “That is a very rare to be with the city that long. … We have a well trained police force and that is in large part due to his stability.”

Fraser oversaw a department of 84 officers that policed a population of just over 67,000. When Fraser began his career as a beat officer in 1980, the department had 29 officers. Fraser was out of the office on Thursday and unavailable for comment.

Fialho said that the city’s search for a new chief would begin in November and that Capt. Eric Finn and Capt. David Spiller would act as interim chiefs. The position is expected to be filled by March or April, Fialho said.

Fraser was the city’s fifth police chief and replaced Chief Tim Neal, who retired in 2007.

During his watch, Fraser helped bring the E-9-1-1 service to Pleasanton in 2007. The service allows residents with cell phones to dial 9-1-1 and have the call go directly to the

Pleasanton Police Department instead of the California Highway Patrol call center in Vallejo, speeding up response times.

Fraser and his wife, Diane, have called the city home for the past 27 years.

“He had the benefit to be here when Pleasanton was still growing,” Fialho said. “He came on as an officer and was presented a number of opportunities. As the city grew, the department grew and it encouraged him to stay.”

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