Benicia police chief headed to San Leandro

November 30, 2010 4:53:20 PM PST
Benicia Police Chief Sandra Spagnoli has been chosen to head San Leandro's police department, San Leandro city officials announced Monday.

Spagnoli will take over the post on Jan. 10.

"Chief Spagnoli is an exceptional police leader who has a history of positive innovations and partnerships," San Leandro City Manager Steve Hollister said in a statement.

Spagnoli has spent four years as Benicia's police chief. Prior to that, she spent 16 years serving the San Carlos Police Department, eight as a commander.

She holds a bachelor's degree in human services management and a master's degree in human resource management, both from College of Notre Dame in Belmont.

"I am extremely honored to be selected as San Leandro's next police chief," said Spagnoli in a statement.

"I am committed to building on the existing traditions of excellence and working on partnership with the community to continue to enhance levels of service, safety and security," she said.