About Roger Baker

Chief Roger Baker began his 36-year law enforcement career in California with the Anaheim Police Department in 1974.  In his tenure he commanded each of the four divisions of the 600-member Department and was appointed Chief of Police in 1999.  He led the Department in the development of its first Strategic Organizational Leadership and Planning Program which resulted in the reorganization of the Department and the achievement of historically low crime rates coupled with historically high crime clearance rates.  Anaheim had a resident population of 350,000 and 20 million annual visitors to the Anaheim Convention Center (largest on the west coast), Anaheim Stadium, Anaheim Arena, Disneyland Resort, and hotels with a combined total of 20,000 rooms.  The Anaheim Police Department provided security services to all four entertainment venues and the world champion Anaheim Angels baseball team and S/C champion Anaheim Ducks hockey team.  Chief Baker retired from the Anaheim PD in 2003.

Chief Baker and his wife, Shirley, moved to Des Moines, Washington (pop. 30,000) in 2004 and he was appointed Chief of Police. Chief Baker was given the daunting task of rebuilding the 60-member Police Department after it had lost almost 25% of its staff due to budget reductions in the late 1990’s. He led the Department in the development of its first Strategic Organizational Leadership and Planning Program which resulted in increased community support and reduced crime rates.  He also led the development, with strong community support, of alternative funding sources to   restore and sustain the Police Department.  Chief Baker retired from the Des Moines PD in 2010 and now provides consulting services as Roger Baker Consulting.

Chief Baker’s educational and service achievements include: Bachelor and Master Degrees in Psychology; Master Degree Graduate Certificate in Organizational Leadership; Graduate of the FBI National Academy (class 156); and Graduate of the U.S. Department of Justice Command College.  He also holds three California college-level lifetime teaching credentials and is a Certified Professional Coach and a Certified Psychological-Type Assessor.  He is a life member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, a charter member of the Society of Police Futurist, Advisory Board member of Northwest University, and a member of both the California and Washington Police Chiefs Associations.  

Chief Baker has developed and presented specialized law enforcement and other public safety agency related educational programs, including organizational development, leadership, and coaching programs for: colleges and universities, California POST, the California Department of Justice, police academies, fire services, and law enforcement agencies for over thirty-five years.  He has most recently served as Chairperson of the King County, Washington Police Chiefs Association and Policy Committee Chairperson for the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs.

Seminars in Leading Organizational and Community Change
Strategic Organizational Leadership and Planning Programs
Professional Coaching / Psychological Type Assessments
Team Building Workshops / Motivational Speaking

P.O. Box 98784   Des Moines, WA 98198   (206) 878-2800  
Roger@RogerBaker.Consulting   www.RogerBaker.Consulting