Deputy Chief McDonald

Deputy Chief McDonald has been a police officer for more than 30 years.  His entire law enforcement career has involved the dedicated service to the citizens of Puyallup as a Puyallup Police Officer.  Deputy Chief McDonald was hired as an entry-level police officer just a few months after graduating from Washington State University with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice in 1989 (GO COUGS!).  As an officer, Deputy Chief McDonald served as a patrol officer, bike patrol officer, Explorer Post Advisor, and a Special Operations Group team member.  Deputy Chief McDonald became a detective in 1996 where he investigated crimes against persons and fraud crimes for five years.  He was recognized twice as Officer of the Year while serving as a detective.

Deputy Chief McDonald was promoted to sergeant in 2001 and supervised a patrol squad for three years and the Narcotics Unit for a short time, before being promoted to lieutenant in 2004.  As a lieutenant, and later as a captain, Deputy Chief McDonald oversaw the Investigations Division, the Problem Oriented Policing Unit and the Patrol Division.  During this time, he served at the Metro SWAT Team commander and the Metro Clandestine Lab Team commander.  In 2007, he had the honor to attend the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA (NA Session #230). 

In 2012, Dave McDonald was promoted to the rank of Deputy Police Chief and has served in that role since.  He attained Executive Certification from the Criminal Justice Training Commission in 2013 and continues to oversee the day to day operations of the four Puyallup Police Department divisions.

Deputy Chief McDonald has always been involved with fitness and sports.  He attained the Fitness Master award in the Department’s fitness program for over 25 years.  He routinely participates in running events, teaches tennis during his off time and is a proud Rotarian. Deputy Chief McDonald and his wife are very proud of their three children and the McDonald family has deep roots in the Puyallup community.