GOV. MIKE BEEBE NEWS RELEASE
Governor Mike Beebe has named retired Arkansas State Police Captain Winford Phillips of Fayetteville as the new director of the Arkansas State Police.
"Winford Phillips has earned the respect and friendship of his fellow Troopers during almost four decades of service at nearly every level of the Arkansas State Police," Beebe said. "His extensive experience on patrol and in administration has given him the tools he will use in leading our Troopers and protecting our citizens."
Phillips, 69, served with the Arkansas State Police for 38 years before retiring as a Captain. Born and raised in Madison County, Phillips began working in 1964 as a State Police radio operator. He was commissioned as a Trooper two years later and was assigned to the Highway Patrol Division.
In 1971, the same year he was promoted to Sergeant in the State Police, Phillips joined the Arkansas National Guard, where he earned the rank of First Sergeant. He spent 26 years in the ANG, serving with the 142nd Field Artillery in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
Phillips was Assistant Commander of Troop L in Northwest Arkansas in 1978 after being promoted to Lieutenant, and then became Troop Commander when he was promoted to Captain a decade later. He retired to Fayetteville in 2002.
Phillips will succeed Colonel Steve Dozier, who is leaving the State Police at the end of May to work in the private sector. Dozier and Phillips will work together with Governor Beebe in the coming weeks to ensure a seamless transition for the State Police and for Arkansas.