Deputy Chief Yoakum joined the Cathedral City Police Department in December of 2017. Prior to joining the City, Deputy Chief Yoakum spent 29 years with the City of Upland California Police Department. During his time with Upland he worked a variety of assignments including; Patrol, SWAT, Gangs, Detective, Supervisor, and managerial assignments, culminating with the last three years as a Captain.
He is a graduate from California’s Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training, Command College Class 54. He holds a Master’s Degree from California State University, Long Beach in Emergency Services Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Workforce Education and Development, from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.