Chief Dave Pearsall was raised in Thurston County and began his career with the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office as an Explorer/Cadet in 1982. In 1984 he became a Reserve Deputy sheriff and was hired as a full-time deputy in 1986. He graduated from Fort Steilacoom Community College now known as Pierce Community College and attended St. Martin’s University. Chief Pearsall has worked his way through the ranks of the Sheriff’s office to his current position as the Chief of Field Operations.
Chief Pearsall’s primary duty is overseeing the Field Operations Bureau which is responsible for the Patrol Division and several specialty units to include SWAT Team, Dive Rescue Team, K-9 Unit, Marine Services Unit, and Search & Rescue operations.
Chief Pearsall is the Past President of the Oregon-Washington Lawmen’s Association (OWLA) an organization dedicated to enhancing the professionalism of men and women in law enforcement.
When not on-duty Chief Pearsall enjoys spending time with his wife Deana, and their two sons; as well as photography and woodworking.