Colonel Stan Witt Director

Colonel Stan Witt

Colonel Stan Witt is a native of Imboden, Arkansas and began his law enforcement career in 1975 as a telecommunication/radio operator for the Walnut Ridge Police Department.

After being promoted to the rank of patrolman, he quickly advanced his law enforcement career through new assignments and opportunities with northeast Arkansas law enforcement agencies.

It was in 1983 he was appointed as chief deputy for the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department and one year later, elected by the citizens of his home county to serve as sheriff.

In 1985 Sheriff Witt was offered a commission to become an Arkansas State Trooper and resigned from his duties as sheriff.  His initial patrol assignment with the Highway Patrol Division was Troop B in Sharp County.

Before his appointment by Governor Mike Beebe as State Police Director on August 27, 2012, Colonel Witt had served twenty-seven years with the department, seven years in Highway Patrol, fifteen years in the Criminal Investigation Division and five years assigned to headquarters administration.

Governor Beebe has acknowledged Colonel Witt's experience, stating, "Stan Witt has a wealth of law-enforcement experience, and will approach the role of Director with the thorough and even-handed manner that has earned him respect and admiration."