CHIEF FRANK DIXON
Frank Dixon was sworn in as the Chief of Police on Oct. 11, 2018. Prior to coming to the City of Denton, Chief Dixon spent more than 23 years at the Austin, Texas Police Department. Throughout his career, Chief Dixon worked in a number of assignments, including Patrol, Narcotics, Gang Unit, Major Crimes Task Force, Homicide, Patrol K-9, SWAT and Internal Affairs. As an Assistant Chief, he managed the South Patrol Bureau, Austin/Bergstrom International Airport, and Special Operations, which consisted of SWAT, Bomb Squad, Patrol K-9, and Air Support.
Chief Dixon is a United States Marine Corps veteran and obtained his Bachelor of Science (summa cum laude) and Master of Science degrees in Criminal Justice from Lamar University. He is also a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute and the Major Cities Chiefs Association Police Executive Leadership Institute. Chief Dixon enjoys working within the Denton community, serving on the Salvation Army Council, United Way of Denton County Board, and the CASA of Denton County Board of Directors.
ASSISTANT CHIEF BOBBY SMITH
Assistant Chief Bobby Smith joined the Denton Police Department as a police officer in 1994. His career started off as a patrol officer where he served for nine years. During that time, his duties also included field training officer, police instructor, and tactical unit (SWAT) officer. In 2004, Smith was promoted to the rank of Sergeant where he served in several capacities including patrol, training, investigations, and tactical unit team leader. Smith was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2014 and served as a patrol shift commander until being promoted to the rank of Assistant Chief of Police in July 2018.
Assistant Chief Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of North Texas and a Master of Science in criminal justice leadership and management from Sam Houston State University. He is a graduate of the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas Leadership Command College. Assistant Chief Smith is a United States Marine Corps veteran.
DEPUTY CHIEF PAUL WILLENBROCK
Deputy Chief Paul Willenbrock has been serving the City of Denton since 2000, starting as a police officer after serving honorably in the United States Marine Corps. He assumed the role of Deputy Chief in 2019 and currently supervises the Operations Bureau, which entails most uniformed services provided by the department. During his time at the department, Deputy Chief Willenbrock’s assignments included patrol, field training officer, and certified instructor. As a sergeant, he supervised patrol with subsequent assignments supervising the Community Response Team and the Training Section of the department. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2018 and assigned as a Patrol Commander.
Deputy Chief Willenbrock graduated from Lamar University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. He holds a Master Peace Officer License and numerous instructor certifications. He has been assigned to the Denton Tactical Unit (SWAT) since 2004 filling roles of squad and team leader before being assigned as SWAT Commander. He currently acts as the Tactical Operations Unit Commander over the SWAT and Negotiations teams.
DEPUTY CHIEF FRANK PADGETT
Deputy Chief Padgett grew up in Wichita Falls, Texas, where he graduated from S.H. 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.