Chief Ray Roberts
Ray Roberts settled in the Priest River area in 2003 after retiring from the Tacoma Washington Police Department. When the City of Priest River determined to reestablish its police force in the spring of 2006, Ray was selected to lead that effort as Chief of Police.
He graduated from Central Washington University with a major in criminal justice. He is also a graduate of the University of Louisville, Southern Police Institute’s Administrative Officer Course, and the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission’s (WSCJTC) Command College. He received Executive Level Certification from the WSCJTC and presently holds Executive Certification from Idaho’s Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST).
Chief Roberts began his career in 1972 as a police officer with the Tacoma Washington Police Department and rose through the ranks to detective, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, and assistant chief of police. He is experienced with most aspects of law enforcement including patrol, traffic, special operations, investigations, narcotics, vice, training, and internal affairs. He was the Assistant Chief of Police in charge of the Investigations Bureau when he retired.
Chief Roberts has been actively involved in the community and is a past president of the Priest River Chamber of Commerce and is presently on the board of directors for the Priest River Community Foundation.
Clerk Nicki Yount
Nicki Yount joined the department as our clerk in September 2012.
Bio coming soon!
Sergeant Drew McLain
Sergeant Drew McLain joined the Priest River Police Department in February 2007. He is a graduate of Washington State University and has a wide variety of experience in the criminal justice field. In Washington State, Sergeant McLain was certified as a corrections officer, working as a corrections officer in Adams and Yakima Counties. He was also certified as reserve law enforcement officer in Washington State and worked as a reserve deputy in Whitman County. After moving to Idaho, he received his certification as a Juvenile Probation Officer by the Idaho Peace Officers Standards and Training Academy (POST) and became a Juvenile Probation Officer for Bonner County. He presently holds an Advanced police officer certification from the Idaho POST Academy.
Sergeant McLain is assigned as the department’s evidence technician and training officer. He is certified by POST as a law enforcement training officer and holds instructor certifications in firearms, TASER, reactive impact weapons, and basic field training.
He has also been active in the community by volunteering and participating in various events such as the Priest River Community Foundation’s fund raising event, Priest River Has Talent, and activities in the schools.
Officer Chris Davis
Officer Chris Davis joined the Priest River Police Department in July 2006. He came to us with experience having served the City of Wilder Idaho as a reserve police officer and later the City of Spirit Lake as a fully certified police officer. While in Spirit Lake, he was the school resource officer. Officer Davis holds an intermediate certificate from the Idaho Peace Officer and Standards Academy (POST).
Since coming to the Priest River Police Department, Officer Davis has taken on several important responsibilities. He received training and certifications to be our department armorer and breath testing specialist. He and his canine partner, Jolie, are a POST certified drug detection canine team.
Officer Davis showed his community spirit when he and his son Zack took unclaimed bicycles that have been recovered by the police department, fixed them up to be safe, and then donated them to Kinderhaven for distribution to children in need.
Officer Nick Eylar
Officer Eylar joined the Priest River Police Department in November 2010 and graduated 3rd in his class of 47 recruits at the Basic Police Academy in Meridian Idaho. He has a bachelor’s degree from Washington State University.
Officer Eylar has previous law enforcement experience as a corrections officer for the Sunnyside Washington Police Department and as a correction deputy for the Spokane Washington County Sheriff’s Office. He presently holds a basic certification from the Idaho Peace Officers Standards and Training Academy.
Code Enforcement Officer Cindy Bulling
Code Enforcement Officer Cindy Bulling joined the police department in February 2012. She has a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Washington University and is a member of the Code Enforcement Professionals of Idaho and the National Animal Control Association.
Officer Bulling’s duties include animal control, including operation of the impound facility, and the enforcement of City of Priest River Municipal Codes dealing with health and sanitation, parking issues, abandoned vehicles, and other such violations – all critical to the maintenance of healthy, safe neighborhoods.
Canine Jolie is a Belgian Malinois that has received extensive training in drug detection and has successfully located a wide variety of narcotics from marijuana to methamphetamine.
Together, Jolie and Officer Davis are certified as a drug detection team by the Idaho Peace Officer Standards and Training Academy (POST). During her off hours, Jolie lives contently with Officer Davis and his family.