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
A 25-year veteran of the Washington State Patrol, Assistant Chief Jason Berry heads the Investigative Services Bureau (ISB). This Bureau has over 380 employees in six divisions: Criminal Investigations, Criminal Records, Investigative Assistance, Homeland Security, Office of Professional Standards, and Special Operations.
Assistant Chief Berry graduated from Missouri’s College of the Ozarks, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice.
Berry was hired by the Patrol on August 30, 1993, as a Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer. His first assignment was at the Kennewick Port of Entry. In December 1995 he became a Trooper Cadet as part of the 79th Trooper Basic Training Class, and served as class president. He was commissioned on July 31, 1996, assigned to District Seven, Marysville.
Throughout his career, Assistant Chief Berry has served in varied assignments. These were as a Field Training Officer for Trooper Cadets; Detective in General Investigations; Sergeant supervising road detachments and Governor’s Mansion security; Lieutenant of Executive Services and Internal Affairs; and Captain appointments leading the Commercial Vehicle Division, Criminal Investigation Division, and Government and Media Relations.
On November 16, 2015, Berry was appointed to Assistant Chief of the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Bureau. In 2018, he transferred to the Investigative Services Bureau.
Assistant Chief Berry also serves on many state and regional committees and executive boards. These 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; American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators; and the Executive Cabinet of Deputy Directors.
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 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.