D. Clayton Mayes began
his career with the Los Angeles Police Department in 1964. He worked as a street cop, was promoted to investigator, sergeant,
lieutenant and captain. In 1990, he retired from the LAPD to assume the responsibilities of chief of police of the Downey
The author holds a
bachelor's degree in public management and a master's degree in public administration from Pepperdine University.
He is also a graduate of the FBI-National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. As an educator, he has taught at Cerritos College,
College of the Desert and has instructed throughout the United States for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and
the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. He served a total of six years in the
U.S. Army, Army Reserve, and the California National Guard where he attained the rank of captain.
Today Clayton lives
in the Palm Springs, California, area with his wife, Carolyn. Their two sons are grown. The author enjoys golf, tennis and
flying. He holds a commercial pilot certificate, with an instrument rating for both single-engine and multi-engine aircraft.