Paul Ayers was named Chief of Police in February of 2007. He replaced Dave Draveling.
For more information on Ayers’ hire, see this article from the Seattle Times.
Originally from Port Huron, Michigan, Dave’s father was a police officer in his home town for 33 years and very influential in his career choice. “My dad loved helping people and I wanted to continue the tradition.”
Dave completed his Law Enforcement Degree in Michigan and completed the Police Academy as a private citizen. “That was when they were laying officers off due to the recession.”
Dave’s son, also a police officer in the City of Snoqualmie, carries on that tradition as a third generation police officer.
Dave has had a very exciting and colorful career with Issaquah, where he started his Law Enforcement career 21 years ago as an undercover police officer. He completed three tours of undercover narcotics investigating in 1980, 82, & 84.
Dave worked four years as a patrol officer, six years as a sergeant, nine years as a captain, three years as Deputy Chief and between 2002 and 2007, he served as department’s Interim Chief of Police. He remembers when there were no traffic signals in Issaquah and there were only 10 officers including the chief. There were many night shifts worked alone and back up was sometimes 20 minutes away.
Duaine A. Garrison (“DAG”) was born in 1941 in Los Angeles, California. He attended school in Santa Clara and in 1958 he joined the US Marine Corps Reserve. He remained in the reserves until 1966. He and Beth were married in 1961 and they had four children: Eric, Elaine, Adrienne and Ellen.
In 1964 Dag joined the Seaside, California Police Department. He rose through the ranks and left that department in 1976 as a Lieutenant. He had accepted an offer to become the Chief of the Issaquah Police Department at the ripe old age of 35!
Some of Dag’s many achievements:
- American Legion “Officer of the Year – 1964” Seaside, CA
- Seaside PD Shooting Team
- Taught Law Enforcement classes at Gavilan College, CA
- President of the King Co. Chiefs Association
- Graduated from the FBI Academy and Command College
Dag saw the department grow to a combined staff of over 50 personnel. He helped lead the way for a new station from its inception to the grand opening in July, 2000.
Dag formally retired on March 1, 2002 and his Deputy Chief, Dave Draveling took over as Interim Chief. Dag and Beth are enjoying their retirement and have departed on an extended “Tour of America”.
Forrest was born April 23, 1920 in New Underwood, North Dakota. His father was from Canada and his grandparents were from France. He was raised and attended school on Lopez Island. He married Ona Jean Gallanger on June 6, 1942.
Served in 1959
Chief Goodrow started his career with the Issaquah Police Department in February 1959. It was a two-officer department in those days as the city had a population of around 1,500.
The department had one patrol car, a 1958 Chevrolet equipped with a radio that utilized the King County Sheriff’s frequency. When an officer was needed, the dispatchers would turn on a pole-mounted red light that was located in the ball field. If the officer didn’t see the light and didn’t respond to the call, the dispatcher would call the Sheriff’s Office and have them call the officer on the car radio. Eventually the IPD got it’s own base radio so it’s dispatchers could communicate directly with the officers.
Forrest recollects that the first police station was upstairs in the old city hall in two small rooms at the back of the building. There was a small jail in the basement, and more than once the prisoners would receive liquor or beer that had been passed though the street level windows!
A police/fire dispatcher lived in two rooms in the City Hall. She was expected to answer the telephones 24 hours a day, seven days a week! This was long before the 9-1-1 system was implemented and the dispatcher worked solo for the most part, and fielded all types of emergency and non-emergency calls.
Forrest assisted the King County Sheriff’s Department and the Coroner’s Office, and had commissions from both agencies. He also worked with the State Patrol on various details.
He described one incident in which two small children had been playing in a shallow sunken hole on Mountain Park Blvd. The children had been overcome by mine gas seeping from the olds mines in the area and when two officers responded to assist, they too were incapacitated. Fortunately, the fire department arrived and rescued everyone without serious or permanent injury.
Forrest left the department in 1971. He was employed as a heavy equipment operator in San Juan County and later worked for the State of Washington.
Forrest passed away on March 28, 2002 and was buried on his beloved Lopez Island. His wife, Ona Jean, survives him.
Ray was born June 13, 1930 in Toppenish, Washington, the son of Ora and Martha Febus. He was raised in Toppenish and graduated from Toppenish High School.
Served in 1958
During the Korean War, he served in the U. S. Marine Corps. Ray moved to Issaquah in 1958 and joined the Issaquah Police Department, where he served as a Sergeant and as Acting Chief. He left that department in 1969.
Fraternally he was associated Kirkland Eagles and as a trustee of the Issaquah Eagles, Arie No. 3054.
Ray passed away on July 6, 1976. He is buried at Elmwood Cemetery, in Toppenish.
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78 First Avenue NE
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