Deputy Chief Padgett grew up in Wichita Falls, Texas, where he graduated from SH. Rider High School. He immediately joined the United States Marine Corps Reserve and attended Midwestern State University. Called to active duty in 1990 for the Persian Gulf War, Deputy Chief Padgett deployed to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait with Fox Battery out of Oklahoma City. Upon returning, Deputy Chief Padgett completed his studies and obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in criminal justice from Midwestern State University in 1994.
Padgett joined the Denton Police Department in February 1995. Since joining the department, he has served as a patrol officer, field training officer, SWAT officer, and an instructor for both in service and the basic peace officer academy. He has also served as a detective in Street Crimes and Narcotics and as a Sergeant in Patrol.
Padgett promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2015, taking over the Neighborhood Services section. As a Lieutenant, he became heavily involved in the department's response to homelessness and the Downtown Square area. Through connecting downtown officers with local service providers, he was able to expand the service providers' street outreach efforts significantly. This was the precursor to the department's current Homeless Outreach Team. Deputy Chief Padgett continues to hold a seat on the Denton County Homeless Coalition Steering Committee.
Deputy Chief Padgett was promoted to his current rank in August 2018. He has commanded both the Operations (Patrol) and Support Bureaus. He and his wife, Linda, have seven children.