Meet Our Command Staff
Chief of Police Danny Baker
Chief Danny Baker is a 23-year veteran of law enforcement, having served with various municipalities and sheriff’s departments in Oklahoma before beginning his 20-year career with the Fort Smith Police Department in July 2001. Chief Baker also served 8 years in the United States Army Reserve and Oklahoma Army National Guard as a Military Police Officer while attending college. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, OK. During his tenure with the Fort Smith PD, Chief Baker has held a multitude of positions, which have included: Patrol, Field Training Officer, SWAT, Detective, Vice/Narcotics Supervisor, Special Operations Captain, Deputy Chief of Patrol and Interim Chief. In September 2019 he was selected as the department’s Chief of Police after a rigorous nationwide search and is one of the first Chiefs to be promoted from within the ranks of FSPD in over 30 years. In December 2020, Chief Baker was appointed to the State 911 Board by the Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police. Chief Baker strongly believes that the guardian/servant mindset and transformational leadership are keys to the success of any organization. He and his wife Becky have been married 25 years, raising four children of their own and adopting a fifth from foster care in November 2019. Chief Baker views his position with the department and the community as a calling. “My faith and my family are the two most important influences in who I am and why I do what I do. To whom much is given, much is expected and I am certain the Good Lord expects a lot from me. I strive daily to not let Him down and know the lives of those around me are improved as a result.”
Deputy Chief Waymon Parker II commands the Uniform Bureau of the department which consists of the Patrol Field and Special Operations Divisions. Deputy Chief Parker began his career with the Fort Smith Police Department in 1994. He served as a patrol officer, bicycle officer, field training officer and criminal investigator prior to being promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2010. He was promoted to the rank of Captain in 2015 and Deputy Chief in 2018. He holds an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice and is a graduate of the University Of Arkansas Criminal Justice Institute's School of Law Enforcement Supervision and Police Chief Executive Development Course. He completed the FBI-LEEDA Executive Leadership Institute, the FBI-LEEDA Reflective Leadership Institute and the 21st Century Police Executive Leadership Challenge. In 2008, he was the recipient of an Official Departmental Commendation and the Morgan’s Choice Award for his actions leading to the safe recovery of an abducted child.
Deputy Chief Waymon Parker
Deputy Chief Jason Thompson
Deputy Chief Jason Thompson started his career with the Fort Smith Police Department in May 2006 and was assigned to the Patrol Division after completing the basic police academy. During his time in the Patrol Division he was awarded a Life Saving Award in 2009. He became a Field Training Officer in 2011 and was named the Fort Smith Police Department’s Officer of the Year in 2012. Deputy Chief Thompson was promoted to Sergeant in November of 2014 and remained in patrol where was assigned as a Patrol Sergeant. In September of 2017 he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and served as a Troop Commander in the Patrol Division until being transferred to the Office of Professional Standards in June of 2018. Deputy Chief Thompson was promoted to the rank of Captain in October of 2018 and assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division where he oversaw the Department’s four investigative units. In June of 2020 he was promoted to Deputy Chief and currently serves as the Chief of the Non-Uniformed Bureau. Deputy Chief Thompson’s professional achievements include graduating from the University of Arkansas’s CJI School of Law Enforcement Supervision in May of 2016. He has also completed the FBI-LEEDA Supervisor Leadership Institute and FSPD Supervision Class in 2017. In 2018, he completed the 21st Century Police Executive Leadership Challenge, the FBI-LEEDA Internal Affairs Investigations Course, and the Workplace Supervision Series at the UAFS. Deputy Chief Thompson also completed the FBI-LEEDA Reflective Leadership Institute in 2019. Jason is married to his wonderful wife Christy, and has three children, Blair, Braylee, and Brinley.
Dean Pitts served as a sworn officer with the Fort Smith Police Department for just over 26 years, achieving the rank of Major. He served as the Patrol Division Commander, Support Services Division Commander and Criminal Investigations Division Commander, as well as serving ten months as Interim Chief of Police. Deputy Director Pitts retired from sworn service in 2017, after which he became an adjunct instructor in the Criminal Justice Department at UAFS. In August 2019, Pitts returned to the Fort Smith Police Department in a non-sworn capacity and now serves as the Deputy Director-Administrative Services. His duties include writing and managing grants for the Department, oversight of the Professional Standards Unit, and oversight of the Police Community Relations Unit. Additional responsibilities include budget management, policy development, and long-term planning. Deputy Director Pitts holds a B.S. in Business Administration from UAFS, an M.A. in Criminal Justice from American Military University, is nearing completion of a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice at Walden University, and he is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy. Dean has been married to his wife, Sharon, for 21 years. They have three adult daughters and seven grandchildren.
Deputy Director Dean Pitts
Captain Wes Milam.
Captain Wes Milam serves as the Support Services Division Commander within the Non-Uniform Bureau of the Fort Smith Police Department. His responsibilities include oversight of the 911 Communications Unit, Training Unit, Information Desk, Central Records, Quartermaster, Building Maintenance, and Animal Services. Capt. Milam is an 18-year veteran of the Fort Smith Police Department and has served in numerous roles including Emergency Management, Community Relations, Patrol Special Operations, Collision Reconstructionist, and Crisis Negotiator. Capt. Milam has a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Arkansas-Little Rock and serves as an adjunct professor of criminal justice at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith. He is currently working on his doctorate in Public Administration from Valdosta State University.
Captain Daniel Grubbs began his career with the Fort Smith Police Department in July of 1999. He is a certified Law Enforcement Instructor and Firearms Instructor. He has served as a patrol officer, bicycle officer, SWAT officer, street crimes detective, property crimes task force detective, patrol sergeant, administrative sergeant, public information officer, lieutenant over criminal investigations, and Assistant SWAT Team Commander. In November of 2017, following promotion to lieutenant, he was assigned as the Assistant Commander of the Criminal Investigations Division where he was responsible for all investigations in the City of Fort Smith. In November of 2018, he was promoted to Captain, and served as the Patrol Special Operations Commander and SWAT Team Commander. In March of 2019, he was appointed as the Patrol Field Operations Commander and continued oversight of Special Operations. During his career, Captain Grubbs has amassed over 2,370 training hours. Prior to employment with the department, he attended Rich Mountain Community College, Northeastern State University, Henderson State University, and the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. He grew up in Mena, Arkansas and graduated with honors with the class of 1992. He is blessed with a strong and supportive wife, and they have four wonderful children and one grandson. “Keep God, Family and Honor as your top 3, and you’ll never go wrong."
Captain Daniel Grubbs
Captain Anthony Parkinson
Captain Anthony Parkinson began his career with the Fort Smith Police Department on May 8th, 2006. After graduating from the police academy, he was assigned to the Patrol Division as a patrol officer. On March 3rd, 2013 he was assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division as a property crimes detective later becoming part of the crimes against persons unit where he investigated major cases such as homicides, rapes and robberies. October 2017 saw him promoted to Sergeant and assigned to the Patrol Division where he served as a Troop Sergeant. In April of 2019 he was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to the Patrol Division where he served as a Troop Commander. His most recent promotion to Captain took place in December 2020 and he currently serves as the Commander of the Criminal Investigations Division. Captain Parkinson’s professional achievements include graduating from the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association Supervisor and Command Leadership courses. He has completed numerous courses in leadership and supervision from the Criminal Justice Institute and completed the UAFS Workplace Supervision Series course. Captain Parkinson attended the National Gang Violence Summit in Arlington, VA in 2010 and the National Homicide Seminar in Kansas City, MO in 2016. He has extensive training in criminal investigations which include homicide investigations and crime scene management. Captain Parkinson is a certified police professional instructor and firearms instructor. He currently teaches search warrant preparations, interview and interrogations, basics of criminal investigations, and death investigations at our basic police officer academy. In 2013, Captain Parkinson departmental awards include the Life Saving Award given in 2013 and he was Officer of the Year in 2014.
Captain Wendall Sampson started his career with the Fort Smith Police Department in 1995. He has served in numerous positions including the Patrol Division, the Criminal Investigations Division, the Airport Unit, Communications, Community Relations, and Professional Standards. In 2017 he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and was assigned to the Community Relations unit. In 2018 he was promoted to Lieutenant and took a position in the department’s Office of Professional Standards. His most recent promotion, to Captain, took place in December of 2020 and he is currently the commander of the Patrol Field Operations Division. Captain Sampson saw service in the Marine Coprs, holds a B.A. from the University of Charleston West Virginia, and is a member of several organizations including the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, the Sebastian County NAACP and is a past president of the Fraternal Order of Police #39. He is currently engaged to Ladonna Youngblood and has one daughter.
Captain Wendall Sampson