Speaker Information

Our speaker for October will be Mr. Paul Ruff
Paul has been a San Francisco bar pilot for over 10 years. These are the people that jump onto the large ships that come into San Francisco Bay every day. They then give instructions to the ship’s captain on the exact route to take to successfully guide the ship past numerous underwater sand bars and other obstacles to their destination.
We have deep water ports all the way to Stockton, down to Moffett field and many other ports around the Bay.
I know you are going to find this presentation to be both interesting and informative. Just think of the ship that was stuck in the Suez Canal. Some Egyptian bar pilot got it wrong.

We hope you will be able to join us for a great presentation.
Our November Speaker will be Allan Shields
Chief, Danville Police Department
Chief Shields has been in law enforcement for 20 years.  He was hired in 1999 by the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff.  He worked in the main jail, the Transportation Unit, and then in the county areas as a patrol deputy. He has also worked in the city of San Ramon as an officer and a detective when the city contracted police services with the Office of the Sheriff.  He was promoted to sergeant in 2007 and again worked in the main jail and the Transportation Unit as a supervisor.  In 2009, he started work as the investigation supervisor for the Town of Danville and worked in that capacity for three years before taking a position as an Internal Affairs Investigator at the Professional Standard’s Unit of the Sheriff’s Office. 
In 2013, he was promoted to lieutenant serving as the Administrative Lieutenant for the Town of Danville. He was selected as the Chief for the Town of Danville in July 2017.  He concurrently served as a team leader and then as the Assistant Commander for the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) team where he oversaw all functions of the SWAT Team.
As the Chief of Police, he is responsible for all major functions of the Police Department to include, Patrol, Traffic Enforcement, Investigations, School Resources, and Administration.  He plans strategically to prepare the Police Department and the community for the future of public safety while managing current trends in crime and enforcement.  He works collaboratively with citizens, Town staff, and law enforcement officials from around the globe to identify and solve problems relating to public safety.  On a day-to-day basis, he ensures the department is maintaining a high level of service delivery and outreach with the Danville community.
Chief Shields earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and graduated from the FBI National Academy, Session 268.