David Swing

David Swing

Pleasanton’s new police chief, who was supposed to take the department’s top job last week, won’t join the force until at least May to “maintain consistency” in the city’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the city announced.

David Swing, who served as Morgan Hill’s police chief, was scheduled to start April 13.

“To maintain consistency in our city’s COVID-19 response and ongoing public safety efforts, I made the decision to delay Chief Swing’s arrival until May, when the shelter-in-place order may be lifted,” City Manager Nelson Fialho said in a statement.

Interim Chief Craig Eicher has run the department since former Chief Dave Spiller retired in October. Eicher will continue to head the force.

Fialho said he wanted to “minimize transitional complications in an already challenging set of circumstances.”

“Delaying Chief Swing’s start date will allow us to better plan for a more fluid introduction and onboarding and have the opportunity to thoughtfully plan for his family’s arrival to Pleasanton,” Fialho said.

Swing left his job in Morgan Hill on April 3. He had served as that community’s chief for nine years and was president of the California Police Chiefs Association in 2018.