In 1988 while attending school full-time and working 32 hours per week as a 911 operator, he became a reserve police officer for the city of Cheney.
In 1989 Dave began working for the Medical Lake Police Department as a part-time police officer. In 1990 Dave moved back to Yakima to help care for his terminally ill father. He joined the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office as a Reserve Deputy and then was hired by the Zillah Police Department as a part-time officer. Dave was hired as a permanent member of the Zillah Police Department and completed the Washington State Police Academy in 1992.
Dave was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1996 and then to Lieutenant in 2001. In 2006 he was appointed as the Chief of Police for Zillah, serving in that position until 2016. He was hired by the Wapato Police Department in 2016 and served as their Chief of Police until 2018.
Dave was actively involved in Law Enforcement Training throughout his career, including serving as a Firearms Instructor, Oleoresin Capsicum (pepper spray) Spray Instructor, Tactical Handcuffing Instructor, ASP Baton Instructor and Use of Force Instructor for Zillah and many other local agencies. Dave has been a guest instructor in the Tri-Cities and Spokane areas during his career.
Dave has been recognized as being highly skilled in budget preparation and implementation. He has assisted several other Chiefs with understanding the BARs (Budgeting, Accounting, Reporting) manual and the governmental budgeting process. Dave is a past region 24 vice-president of the International Police Association. His current and past professional memberships include the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, the International Association of Police Chiefs, the Washington State Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Associations, The International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors, the Oregon Washington Lawman Association, International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts, and the Northwest Homicide Investigators Association.
Dave has sought out opportunities to serve his community throughout his adult life. He started as a volunteer football coach for Davis High School in the early 1990’s, and then for the Zillah School District in 1994. He was hired as the Head Junior High Coach in 1995 and then onto the Zillah High School staff in 1996 as the Defensive Line Coach. He continued in that position until 2006 when he was promoted as the Chief of Police. Dave returned to coaching 2017 as a volunteer assistant coach for Wapato High School. In addition, Dave has also assisted in coaching grid kid football and little league baseball.
Dave is very active in his church (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) serving in the Young Men’s program and currently serving in the Elder’s Quorum. He is an avid outdoors person, enjoying hunting, fishing and camping with his wife and children. Dave is an active member of the Lion’s Club.
Dave’s son, Steven graduated from Zillah High School before attending Eastern Oregon University and played football for the university. Steven currently serves the City of Othello, Washington as a Police Officer and is an Assistant Football Coach for Othello High School.
Dave married his beautiful wife Holly in 2014. Holly works as a Registered Nurse. Dave has two daughters with Holly, Micah and Payton. Micah is married and lives in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho with her husband. Payton lives at home and attends high school. Both of the girls are thespians and are very active in drama programs.