Tukwila Police Department
6200 Southcenter Blvd.
Tukwila, WA 98188
Business Calls: 206 433-1808
Anonymous Tips: 206 431-3689
Fax: 206 244-6181
Emergencies: Dial 911
Command Staff Bios
Chief Mike Villa
Chief Mike Villa entered law enforcement in 1990 as a police officer with the Tukwila Police Department. In 1996, he was selected as one of two officers to implement the Department’s first community oriented policing bicycle team. He also worked as a narcotics detective, and in 1998 was promoted to Sergeant. He supervised patrol staff and then the Support Services/Crime Prevention Unit before being appointed as a Commander in 2001. During his six years as a Commander, he had opportunities to oversee and lead the Investigative Services Division, Training, the Valley Regional SWAT team, and the Patrol Division. He was appointed as an Assistant Chief of Police in 2007, where he led both the Patrol Division and the Investigations Division, respectively. On June 6, 2011 he was sworn in as the Tukwila Chief of Police.
During his career as a police officer he served on the Valley Regional SWAT team as an operator, team leader, and commander for thirteen years. He has instructed SWAT command and supervision for the National Tactical Officers Association. He represents the region on less lethal issues on the International Law Enforcement Forum, and has worked with the National Institute of Justice on its Tactical Technical Working Group. He is an active member of the King County Police Chiefs Association and the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA., and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Central Washington University.
Chief Villa has a long history of community policing and problem solving that stems from a strong desire to curb crime and create safer neighborhoods. In the 1990’s he was instrumental in starting the citizen foot patrol program, opening a neighborhood resource center, and developing long-lasting partnerships with citizens and business owners. In more recent years, he authored the 2010-2014 COPS grant. The department was awarded three positions funded by the COPS office. The positions formed a new team of uniformed officers responsible for furthering partnerships and solving problems in high crime areas. He also brought together the school district and city in 2010 to file jointly for a Secure our Schools grant for $74,000. This grant increased safety in the middle school with upgraded video cameras and an electronic key card access system. In 2012 he worked with elected officials and city leaders to reinstall two community oriented policing bicycle officers, reopen a neighborhood resource center, and implement a crime reduction initiative that focuses city and police resources on hot spots and chronic offenders.
Chief Villa grew up in Tukwila. Prior to his law enforcement career he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. In 1991, he was deployed to Saudi Arabia during Desert Storm. He and his wife of 25 years, Peggy, have four children. His son Michael is a Marine Corps and Afghanistan veteran now safely home and working in the security sector. His other son Daniel, recently married, is an engineer with Boeing. He actively enjoys spending time with his daughters, Jessica and Amanda, who still reside at home.
Chief Villa is honored to be the Police Chief of one of the best departments in Washington State. He is committed to providing excellent, professional service and making Tukwila a better place to live, work, and play. In 2012 Chief Villa established the department’s shared vision – “a world-class police department delivering professional law enforcement service.”
Deputy Chief Bruce Linton
Deputy Chief Bruce Linton joined the ranks of the Tukwila Police Department in August 1994. He spent the first several years assigned as a patrol officer conducting proactive patrol throughout the city. In 1997, he joined the department’s Anti-Crime Team where he served as a bike/community police officer. In 1999, he served as a narcotics detective on the Anti-Crime Team where he worked on street-level narcotics interdiction. He was promoted to sergeant in 2001 and later to commander in 2008. Deputy Chief Linton was promoted to his current rank in February 2012 and he currently manages the day-to-day operation of the Patrol, Major Crimes and Special Services Divisions.
As sergeant, he supervised a patrol team from 2001-2004, and during that time, spearheaded several initiatives to reduce crime within the city. Most notably was the research, drafting and proposal of the Stay Out of Areas of Racing Ordinance, focused on mitigating the impacts of street racing in the City of Tukwila. In 2005, he supervised the Crime Prevention section, drafted and implemented the new General Orders Manual and navigated the department through the Washington Association and Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) Accreditation Process.
Deputy Chief Linton temporarily left the ranks of the Tukwila Police Department in January, 2007 to serve our citizens in another capacity. He commanded a Joint Aviation Task Force (Army and Navy) where he and his team of 300 soldiers and sailors, with a compliment of 22 aircraft (rotary and fixed-winged), conducted battle-field circulation, senior leader air-movement and medical evacuation operations in Kuwait and Southern Iraq. He was awarded a Bronze Star for his service. He continues his service at the rank of Brigadier General while assigned as the Brigade Commander for the 66th Theater Aviation Command, Washington Army National Guard.
Deputy Chief Linton was promoted to commander in 2008. While assigned as patrol commander, he served as the Tukwila Civil Disturbance (CDU) Commander on the Valley Civil Disturbance Unit (VCDU).
Deputy Chief Linton serves as the strategic advisor/staff member to the Chief of Police on policy, professional standards and the department’s strategic vision of a World Class Police Department. His professional Law Enforcement Education consists of the Basic Law Enforcement Academy; the First Line Supervisors Course and Certification; The Middle Manager’s Course and Certification, the IACP Leadership in Police Organization Course, along with other job specific courses. His civilian education consists of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aeronautical Studies from Embry-Riddle University, a Master of Arts Degree in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University and a Master of Science Degree in Strategic Studies from The U.S. Army War College.
Commander Rick Mitchell
Commander Rick Mitchell entered law enforcement in 1994 as a police officer with the Tukwila Police Department. Throughout his years of service to the Department, he has served as a narcotics detective, field training officer, as well as a bicycle officer, defensive tactics instructor, and a police boat operator. In 2007, Commander Mitchell was promoted to the rank of sergeant, where he supervised patrol squads in the Patrol Division, and the Major Crimes Unit detectives in the Investigations Division. As a sergeant, he also supervised the Field Training Officer Program, the Defensive Tactics Program, and Police Boat Operations. He was promoted to commander in
Prior to joining the Tukwila Police Department, Commander Mitchell served four years in the United States Army as a Military Policeman. In 1991, he served in Iraq during Operation Desert Storm. He has a Bachelors of Science Degree from Texas State University in Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement.
Commander Mitchell is currently a Commander in the Patrol Division overseeing patrol operations. He is proud to serve the Tukwila community and the members of the Tukwila Police Department. He is committed to supporting the Chief of Police in fulfilling his Department vision of a world class police department delivering professional law enforcement service.
Commander Eric Drever
Commander Eric Drever entered law enforcement in 1992 as a reserve police officer with the Mukilteo Police Department. In 1994, he was hired by the Tukwila Police Department, where he looks forward to spending the remainder of his law enforcement career. In 1998, he was assigned to the Department’s Anti-Crime Team as a bike officer, and later in 2000, as an Anti-Crime Team narcotics detective. In 2002 he was promoted to sergeant. As a sergeant he supervised in Patrol, the Anti-Crime Team, and the Major Crimes Unit. He was promoted to commander in 2009, and is currently the Investigations commander for the Department.
During Commander Drever’s career, he has worked on several teams and projects for the Department, including E.V.O.C. (Police Driving) Instructor, the Tukwila Police Explorer Program, Department Historical Committee, and the Departments Crisis Communications Team. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Leadership Institute of South Puget Sound. He is also a graduate of the University of Washington, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and specialized in the study of deviant behavior.
Commander Drever prides himself on being an active participant with the communities and organizations that he is involved with, and has volunteered his time with several organizations. He has volunteered as an Executive Board Member of the Tukwila Police Officer’s Guild; Chairman of the Liberty Ridge Homeowners Association; Treasurer – Fraternal Order of Police – Commanders Tukwila; and currently holds the office of President on the Board of Directors for the Pediatric Interim Care Center. He brings his leadership experience from each of these organizations to his daily work and effectively applies this knowledge to the community outreach projects that he is involved with for the City of Tukwila.
Commander Drever is proud to be a part of the Chief’s shared vision, “A world-class police department delivering professional law enforcement service.” He is committed to the Department and the citizens, providing excellent, professional service and making Tukwila a better place to live, work, and play.
Commander Jon Harrison
Commander Jon Harrison began his career in law enforcement in 1993 with the Tukwila Police Department. He was appointed as a Field Training Officer in 1995 and trained numerous officers until he was selected for the Traffic/Motorcycle Unit in 2001. He served as a motorcycle officer until 2002 when he was promoted to sergeant. He continued service as a patrol sergeant until 2003.
Commander Harrison was appointed as the Traffic Sergeant in 2003 and was in charge of the traffic unit until October 2011. In 2011, he was selected as an acting commander and was officially appointed to the current rank in October 2012.
Commander Harrison is the son of an Army Officer and was born in Hawaii. He spent the majority of his youth in Germany and has visited over 20 countries. He looks forward to continuing to serve the citizens of the City of Tukwila and developing both strategies and partnerships to enhance the safety and security of both the visitors and citizens.
Records Manager Leon Richardson
Records Manager Leon Richardson joined the Tukwila Police Department in August 2015. He brings with him a very diverse background having served as a senior executive with Macys, a supervisor with the Port of Tacoma and an Army Officer.
Records Manager Richardson continues his service in the army reserves as a Captain. In the military he is currently qualified in the fields of Military Intelligence, Government/Public Relations and Military Policing. Throughout his career in the military he has served in many different capacities involving records management. As an intelligence officer holding a Top Secret security clearance he has served as the records custodian responsible for the management, destruction and release of highly sensitive documents for multiple organizations.
In 2012 Records Manager Richardson deployed to Eastern Africa to serve our country. He served as the Chief of Intelligence and plans and Company Commander. He was responsible for the planning, coordination and providing of intelligence on 10 countries. He developed plans to meet Department of Defense and Department of State objectives. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal and the Navy Achievement Medal for his work in Africa.
Records Manager Richardson currently oversees the Special Services Division. He is proud to be a part of the Chief’s shared vision, “A world-class police department delivering professional law enforcement service.” He is committed to the Department and the citizens, providing excellent, professional service and making Tukwila a better place to live, work, and play.