Position: Police Chief
Specialty: Traffic enforcement, School safety
Years of service: 8
Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Chief Drake left his home state after finishing college at the University of Tennessee for a career in the United States Air Force (USAF). He spent over 22 years in the military performing flight duties as a Mission Crew Commander aboard the E-3 surveillance aircraft and several tours of duty at command level headquarters. During his military career, he lived overseas multiple times to include tours of duty in both the middle east and Europe. Additionally, he spent considerable temporary duty in the far-east on multiple occasions. Chief Drake obtained a Masters Degree in Business (1990) and a second Masters Degree in Public Administration (1997) from City University of Seattle. After retiring for the USAF in 1998, Chief Drake began volunteering for the Federal Way Police Department and later was a Reserve Officer for the Des Moines Police Department.
In 2000, he became a full time officer for the Federal Way Police Department. During his seven years at Federal Way, he performed duties as a patrol officer, a school resource officer at Federal Way High School and a motorcycle traffic officer, in which he investigated many auto collisions and taught traffic safety. In autumn of 2006 he was selected as the Chief of Orting Police and began his current assignment in January 2007. The Chief has had a multitude of personal interest over the years to include, SCUBA diving, flying as a private pilot, photography, computers & software, camping/RVs and he is an avid motorcyclist. Additionally, he currently serves as a Planning Commissioner for the City of Federal Way. He also served as Federal Way’s representative on the King County Steering Committee for annexation issues in south King County. Furthermore, Chief Drake teaches Instructor Development a few times a year for the Washington Criminal Justice Training Commission. He also has served as President of the Washington Security and School Resource Officer Association for two years, a statewide organization devoted to school safety.