Chief John Batiste
Chief John R. Batiste is the 21st Chief of the Washington State Patrol. Governor Christine Gregoire originally appointed Chief Batiste on February 14, 2005. On January 16, 2017, Governor Jay Inslee reappointed Chief Batiste to continue to lead the Washington State Patrol.
He oversees the day-to-day operations and manages the agency’s six bureaus: Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, Field Operations, Fire Protection, Forensic Laboratory Services, Investigative Services, and Technical Services.
Chief Batiste began his career with the Washington State Patrol in March 1976. He has promoted through the ranks of sergeant, lieutenant, captain, and deputy chief. Chief Batiste obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Law Enforcement Administration from City University and is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety School and Police Staff and Command, as well as a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Executive Institute.
Chief Batiste has been involved in a variety of activities and organizations, including his work with the Kenya National Police Force to create a National Police Chaplain Program and the South African National Police Force to assist with training and procedures on ethical policing.
Chief Batiste is an Executive Board Member of the following: Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, Western States Information Network, Washington Criminal Justice Training Commission, Washington Traffic Safety Commission, Department of Justice/VALOR Advisory Board, International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Governing Body, and was a past General Chair of the IACP State and Provincial Police Division. Chief Batiste serves as a member of the American Association of Motor Vehicles Region IV, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, and also serves on the Washington State Forensic Investigation Council, IACP Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council, Governor’s Emergency Management Council, and the IACP Transnational Crimes Committee.
Assistant Chief Jeffery Sass
As a 25-year veteran of the Washington State Patrol (WSP), Jeff Sass is currently the Assistant Chief in charge of the Field Operations Bureau, which is primarily responsible for traffic law enforcement, collision investigation, and motorist assists on nearly 18000 lane miles of state and interstate highways.
Assistant Chief Sass oversees the WSP’s Honor Guard, Incident Management Team, Rapid Deployment Force, Aggressive Driving Apprehension Team, Target Zero Task Force teams, and Serious Highway Crime Apprehension Team.
Prior to his current assignment, Sass was the commander of the District 7 which includes Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom, Island and San Juan County. During his four-year tenure as District 7 Commander, he oversaw the WSP response to the Skagit River bridge collapse, the Line-of-Duty Death of Trooper Sean O’Connell, the OSO mudslide, and the Marysville Pilchuck school shooting.
He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Washington State University in 1991 and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration. He graduated from Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command in 2004 and is currently enrolled in the Harvard Kennedy School Executive program.
Chief Sass is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Highway Safety Committee.
In 2015 he won the Governor’s Leadership award.
Assistant Chief Jason Berry
Jason Berry is the Assistant Chief for the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Bureau. Assistant Chief Berry was hired in August 1993 as a Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer 1 (CVEO) and commissioned in July 1996. He has served 24 years with the Washington State Patrol after completing his Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri.
Prior to becoming the Assistant Chief to the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Bureau, Jason has held a variety of positions that have led him to where he is today; from Trooper Detective working in the Traffic Investigative Division, to Sergeant in Mansion Security, then serving as a Lieutenant in our Special Operations Division and Office of Professional Standards before promoting to Staff Captain in Government and Media Relations, Commercial Vehicle Division, and Criminal Investigation Division.
The Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Bureau (CVEB) oversees four divisions: Commercial Vehicle, Motor Carrier Safety, Property Management, and Budget & Fiscal Services. The Bureau is responsible for promoting and educating the safe travel of commercial vehicles on the state’s highways, enhancing safe transportation of school children and protecting the state’s infrastructure. CVEB oversees the maintenance and replacement of department facilities; purchasing, equipping and maintaining all agency fleet vehicles; and acquiring and distributing assets such as uniforms and equipment throughout the agency. Tying this all together is our Budget & Fiscal Services Division that is responsible for managing the agency’s financial activities. They provide essential information to ensure our agency is good stewards of public funds.
Assistant Chief Berry is a member of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) Law Enforcement and Region IV committee member, Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) State Representative, Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) Associate member and a faculty graduate of the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s (IACP) Leadership of Police Organizations.
State Fire Marshal Charles P. LeBlanc
As a 27-year veteran of the Washington State Patrol (WSP), Chuck LeBlanc is currently the commander of the Fire Protection Bureau, which is primarily responsible for Hazardous Materials Training, Basic Fire Fighter Training, All-Risk Mobilization, Construction Plan Review, Fire and Life Safety Inspections of licensed care facilities, Sprinkler Contractor Licensing, Fire Safe Cigarettes, and Fireworks regulation.
Fire Marshal LeBlanc oversees the WSP’s Fire Training Academy in North Bend, as well as the Prevention Division in Olympia.
Prior to his current assignment, LeBlanc was the commander of the Prevention Division for the last 2.5 years. LeBlanc retired from the commissioned side of the WSP as a Captain in 2014, as the District 1 Commander in Tacoma, which included Pierce and Thurston Counties. LeBlanc also commanded the WSP’s Criminal Investigation Division prior to his assignment to Tacoma.
Fire Marshal LeBlanc is a member of the National Association of Fire Marshals, Washington State Association of Fire Marshals, Washington State Fire Chiefs Association, Emergency Management Council, Washington State Fire Service Leadership Forum, Washington State Emergency Response Commission, Washington State Interoperability Executive Committee, Fire Defense Committee, and the Wildland Fire Advisory Committee.
Forensic Laboratory Director Larry Hebert
Larry Hebert received his degree in Clinical Chemistry from Seattle University. Prior to graduation, Larry joined the US Army at Fort Lawton, WA. After graduation Larry entered basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. and then transferred to the US Army Intelligence Center at Fort Huachuca, AZ., where he trained and was awarded Military Occupational Specialty 97B40 – Counterintelligence Agent. Larry returned from active duty and served the next six years as the CI Section Chief for the 316th Military Intelligence Detachment at the 2LT Robert R. Leisy US Army Reserve Center in Seattle.
Larry joined the Washington State Patrol in 1973, and was assigned to the Drug Control Assistance Unit Laboratory in Seattle. This laboratory, and its counterpart in Spokane, formed the foundation for a crime laboratory system which over the next 40 years grew and developed into what is known today as the WSP Crime Laboratory Division.
While in Seattle, Larry specialized in drug analysis, firearm examination, and crime scene investigation. During this time Larry graduated from the Seattle Police Reserve Academy and served four years as a reserve police officer patrolling downtown Seattle and the Seattle Center. Larry transferred to Tacoma in 1981 to manage the newly built Tacoma Crime Laboratory. While in Tacoma Larry continued to perform firearm and crime scene investigations. In 1998 Larry transferred to Olympia where he was appointed by Chief Sandberg to command the Crime Laboratory Division.
In 1999 the Forensic Laboratory Services Bureau (FLSB) was created within WSP. This significant development brought together for the first time the Crime Laboratory Division, the State Toxicology Laboratory (Toxicology Laboratory Division), and the Impaired Driving Section (formerly the Implied Consent Section). Together, the bureau’s 220 scientists, commissioned officers, and professional staff provide a full range of internationally accredited forensic science services vital to the successful investigation of crime and the maintenance of public safety. In 2008 Larry was appointed by Chief Batiste as the Acting Director of the FLSB. Larry’s appointment was made permanent in August 2011.
Assistant Chief Randy Drake
A 25-year veteran of the Washington State Patrol, Assistant Chief Randy Drake heads the Investigative Services Bureau, overseeing a bureau with over 380 employees. The Investigative Services Bureau is made up of six divisions: Homeland Security, Investigative Assistance, Criminal Investigation, Special Operations, Criminal Records, and the Office of Professional Standards.
Assistant Chief Drake earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Washington State University and a Master’s Degree in Missional Leadership, from Northwest University. He is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.
Assistant Chief Drake was hired on May 11, 1992, as a Trooper Cadet assigned to mansion security. He graduated with the 76th Trooper Basic Training Class and was commissioned on May 27, 1993, assigned to the Seattle area. He has since held the following assignments:
- Detective Sergeant with the West Sound Narcotics Enforcement Team (WestNET) in Kitsap County, WA
- Commander of the Special Weapons and Tactics team (SWAT)
- Director of the Washington State Fusion Center
- Commander of the Organized Crime Intelligence Unit/Criminal Proceeds Unit
- Commander of the Homeland Security Division
- Commander of Field Operations Bureaus in District 2, Bellevue, WA
On September 24, 2015, Randy was appointed Assistant Chief of the Investigative Services Bureau.
Randy has received the Washington State Patrol’s Award of Professional Excellence, the Washington State Patrol’s Award of Merit, and the Governor’s Extra Mile Award for Public Service.
In addition to his current position and responsibilities, he also serves on several committees and executive boards to include: the Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies, the Northwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Executive Board, the Emergency Management Council, the Western States Information Network Executive Board, and the Executive Cabinet of Deputy Directors.
Assistant Chief Marc Lamoreaux
Marc Lamoreaux is the Assistant Chief of the Washington State Patrol’s Technical Services Bureau which includes the Human Resource Division, Training Division (Academy), Risk Management Division, Communication Division (911 dispatch centers), Information Technology Division, and Electronic Services Division.
Prior to his promotion to Assistant Chief, he served the Washington State Patrol in a diversity of administrative, detective, and patrol assignments to include Academy Commander, Human Resources Director, Internal Affairs Commander, and the commander of the WSP’s Special Investigations Section which included the Organized Crime Unit, High Tech Crimes Unit, Missing Exploited Children Task Force, Missing Children Clearinghouse, and the Western States Information Network. He worked patrol assignments in Eastern and Western Washington.
Assistant Chief Lamoreaux holds a Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement Administration and a Master of Science in Human Resource Management. He is a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command, 201st Class, where he served the class as its vice president. He is a 29-year veteran of the department.