January 11, 2011

San Leandro's First Female Police Chief Sworn In

Spagnoli.jpg Sandra Spagnoli was sworn in as San Leandro's 10th Police Chief at City Hall on Monday, January 10, 2011. City Hall was filled to capacity with Spagnoli's family, San Leandro police officers, Benicia police officers, and police chiefs from Livermore, El Cerrito, Pleasanton, and other cities on hand to witness the ceremony, which included her husband and child pinning on her badge. Spagnoli's husband and sister are also police officers.

After she was sworn in, Spagnoli said:

Today is not only one of the highlights of my career as a police officer, but signifies a highlight for the San Leandro Police Department as we move forward in enhancing our organization and really, the great work that the other chiefs before me have doneā€¦.I look forward to meeting the law enforcement family in San Leandro. They've been very welcoming to me today. Also, the city staff and the community. I'm really proud and honored to serve and be appointed as the 10th police chief here and lead this departmentā€¦.So as your police chief, I am committed to focusing on public safety strategies to reduce crime and deter crime, continuing to provide excellent service levels that the city prides itself on, with not only integrity, but excellence, collaborate with employees, city departments, and the community, and also support prevention and intervention programs, particularly to those that support our most valuable asset, or one of our most valuable assets in the community, which is our youth. I do look forward to learning about the history of San Leandro and the police department and building a path that meets the future demands of the City of San Leandro and the law enforcement profession. So, in closing, I believe that as a department and as your chief, we will build on existing traditions of excellence within this city and create a great legacy together, enhancing levels of service, safety, and security for all in this great city.

A press release announcing the selection of Spagnoli as Police Chief was issued on November 29, 2010, nearly four months after Ian Willis announced that he would retire at the end of the year. Willis will join the Alameda County Sheriff's Department.

Spagnoli will start with a salary of $176,256, which is which is the highest step of the salary schedule for a police chief.

According to the Human Resources Department for the City of Benicia, Spagnoli had a salary of $163,728, plus benefits, while she was Benicia's police chief. Those benefits included a city vehicle and the City of Benicia paying the contributions towards her retirement.

Below is the video of Spagnoli's swearing in and her speech afterwards:

Spagnoli was hired after a search by Avery Associates, the same firm that conducted the search for San Leandro's Finance Director, and now former Police Chief Willis.

According to the flyer, San Leandro's next police chief will have a base salary "up to $176,256" and:

  • A 9% City-paid contribution for CalPERS (3.0% @ 50 Plan) except in the initial first three years of employment. Credit is given for prior CalPERS service;
  • A minimum of 15 days of vacation for the first five years of employment, increasing to a maximum of 25 days per year, sick leave accrues at a rate of 12 days per year;
  • Twelve fixed and three floating holidays in 2010;
  • One-hundred and twenty hours of administrative leave paid per year on a pro-rata basis;
  • Maximum City contribution of $1460 per month in 2010 for family coverage in a cafeteria benefits plan which provides a choice of CalPERS medical options, MetLife Dental PPO with buy-up options, and voluntary medical and dependent care flexible spending accounts;
  • Life/AD&D and long-term disability insurance with an option to purchase increased coverage;
  • Voluntary deferred compensation (457 Plan), vision care, and short-term disability insurance are also available;

Here is a list of the nine previous San Leandro police chiefs:

  • Joseph F. Peralta
  • Artel J. Lamoureaux
  • Thomas J. Rogers
  • Kenneth Swanson
  • Donald F. Becker
  • Robert J.P. Maginnis
  • Joseph Kitchen
  • Dale Attarian
  • Ian Willis

Peralta, a direct descendant of Don Luis Peralta, was the longest serving top police official, serving as town marshall from 1912 until 1928 and police chief from 1928 to 1945.

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