People: Law and Order

Our Only Sheriff – 1891
Sheriffs in America during the 19th and 20th centuries were modeled after their English counterpart. Usually associated with a person at the county level, their job encompassed general law enforcement, maintaining the jail, serving warrants/civil paper, county administrator and coroner. They also seized money and property as liens through a court order, held auctions periodically to liquidate such properties, and acted as executor of the estates of deceased persons without wills or relations. Interestingly enough, some towns had Sheriff’s, who acted a the law within the town and immediate surrounding areas.

We never had a Sheriff in Gilman/Issaquah other than S. L. McDonald in 1891, who was sent by the Governor from Tacoma, along with the militia during the mine unrest. His stay of three weeks was during the period before our incorporation and appointment of John McQuade, the first Marshal of Gilman Township.

Marshals – 1892 to 1957
Marshals are usually associated with towns and cities and perform general law enforcement duties, as well as maintaining a jail, serving civil papers, and numerous other duties not generally associated with a peace officer. In Issaquah’s case, the Marshal graded the dirt streets, controlled livestock from being a nuisance on the roads, cut and cleared bushes and brambles from the roadside, repaired wooden sidewalks, and maintained the street lights!

Chiefs – 1957 to present
The Issaquah City Council formally established the Police Department in 1957 with Paul Bell as the first Chief of Police. It was a two-man show back then, consisting of Chief Bell and Sergeant Tom Bass. One of the first things Paul did was to secure funds to purchase new badges for himself and Tom. They could hardly sport the “Marshal” badges they had on hand.

Paul and Tom also bought new uniforms and guns out of their own pockets, which in those days was not uncommon as city funds were scarce. The Police Department eventually operated out of two rooms situated on the second floor of the old city hall. The in-resident dispatcher received calls for service and used an AM radio system to communicate with the Police and Fire Departments.

Before the radio was installed, if an officer was needed the dispatcher would flip a switch and a pole-mounted red light bulb would go on at the ball field. The patrolling officer would see the light and either come or call in to the station.


Marshals – 1892 to 1957

1892 John McQuade
1892 Henry Beebe
1898 Frank Day
1899 Thomas Crossley (January-September)
1899 Samuel Rowley (September-December)
1900 Joseph Mason
1901 Charles A. Cameron
1902 Joseph Mason
1902 J. Howard Case
1903 Howard Carr
1905 Charles A. Cameron
1906 John Drylie
1908 J. Howard Case
1913 Elmer Baxter
1917 Jack Chalfa
1922 Tom Waters
1923 William Mitchell
1924 Ed Roberts
1925 Eve Watkins
1928 J. M. Stakebake
1931 Henry J. Schomber
1932 Paul Henry
1935 E. Lewis
1937 Brent Hume
1943 William Hartley
1946 Rex Seil
1947 Ira Delamarter
1949 Ray Robertson
1950 Earl Henry
1951 Ed Seil
1955 Elmo Hudgens

Chiefs – 1957 to present

1957 Paul Bell
1958 Ray Febus
1958 Tom Bass
1959 Jack Allen
1959 Forrest E. Goodrow
1971 Hank Bauman
1971 Ron Prosise
1976 Duaine A. Garrison (“DAG”)
2002 David G. Draveling
2007 Paul D. Ayers

2014 Scott Behrbaum

Select Profiles

Scott Behrbaum

Has served since 2014

Paul Ayers

Served 2007-2014

Dave Draveling

David G. Draveling

Served 2002-2007

Chief Dag Garrison

Duaine A. “Dag” Garrison

Served 1976-2002

Ron Prosise

Ron Prosise

Served 1971-1975

Forrest Goodrow

Forrest E. Goodrow

Served in 1959

Jack Allen

Jack Allen

Served 1958-59

Ray Febus

Ray Febus

Served in 1958

Paul Bell

Paul Bell

Served in 1957

Ed Seil & Josephine Wood

Ed “Nogs” Seil

Served 1951-1955

Earl Henry

Served in 1950

Ray Robertson

Raymond J. Robertson

Served in 1949

Ira Delamarter

Served in 1947

William Hartley

William Hartley

Served in 1943

Brent Leroy Hume

Served in 1937

Jack, Robert & Ben Legg, hunting party

John “Jack” Legg

Served in 1933

Paul J. Henry

Served 1931-33

Henry J. Schomber

Served in 1931

Ed Roberts

Served in 1924

William Mitchell

William Mitchell

Served as Mayor 1938-1940
Served as Town Marshal in 1923

P J Smith

Peter J. Smith

Served as Mayor 1918–1921 1913–1915 1926–1928
Served as Town Marshal until 1920

Jack Chalfa

Served in 1920

Burn & Nellie Mullarkey

Burn Mullarkey

Served in 1917

Elmer Baxter

Served in 1913

J. Howard Case

J. Howard Case

Served in 1902–1903 1908–1913

The Drylie Family

John Drylie

Served in 1906

Charles A. Cameron

Served in 1902

Joseph Mason

Served 1900 & 1902

Samuel Rowley

Served 1899-1900

Henry Beebe