Frank Dixon was sworn in as the Chief of Police on Oct. 11, 2018. Prior to coming to the City of Denton, Chief Dixon was an Assistant Chief of Police in Austin, Texas. In his 23 years of service in Austin, Chief Dixon 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’s other assignments during his career included SWAT, Homicide, K-9, Gang Suppression/Major Crimes, Narcotics, and Uniformed Patrol. He also led the department Special Response Team, which deployed to Cleveland, Ohio, for the RNC in 2016, and the Presidential Inauguration in January 2017.
Chief Dixon is a United States Marine Corps veteran and obtained his Bachelor of Science 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.
Assistant Chief Bobby Smith is an Iowa native but moved to Texas when he was 10 years old. Smith graduated from McKinney High School and then joined the United States Marine Corps where he served four years of active duty. After leaving the Marines in 1994, he joined the Denton Police Department as a police officer. 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 and his wife, Karen, have two sons.
Deputy Chief Paul Willenbrock has been a police officer for 18 years after serving honorably in the United States Marine Corps. While serving as a patrol officer for eight years, he also assumed roles as a field training officer, certified instructor, and tactical team member. After being promoted to sergeant, Willenbrock supervised patrol and the DPD’s community response team before being assigned to run the Public Safety Training Center. Additionally, he was appointed to tactical team leader and then assistant team commander. He was promoted in 2018 to Lieutenant and assigned as a patrol commander and tactical team commander. In January 2019, he assumed the role of Deputy Chief over the department operations bureau. Deputy Chief Willenbrock holds a Master Peace Officer License and obtained numerous instructor certifications as an officer. He graduated from Lamar University with a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice. He currently resides in Denton with his wife.
Padgett joined the Denton Police Department in February 1995. Since joining the department, he has served as a patrol officer, field training officer, tactical (SWAT) officer, and sniper. 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. Deputy Chief Padgett continues to hold a seat on the Denton County Homeless Coalition Steering Committee, Denton County Homelessness Leadership Team, and Point in Time Count Planning Committee.
Deputy Chief Padgett was promoted to his current rank in August 2018. He and his wife, Linda, have seven children.