In January 2016, DPS Director Frank Milstead promoted Major Wayde Webb to Lieutenant Colonel and assigned him as the Assistant Director of the Agency Support Division. On August 5, 2017, Lt. Colonel Webb was appointed to the Assistant Director position over the Highway Patrol Division.
Lt. Colonel Webb began his career with the Department of Public Safety in June 1994, as an Officer Trainee in Kingman. Upon graduating from the Arizona Law Enforcement Training Academy in Tucson, he was assigned to the Phoenix Metro Highway Patrol Division. In January 2000, he transferred to the Vehicular Crimes Unit and then later to the Special Investigations Unit as a detective.
In May 2004, Lt. Colonel Webb was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and remained in the Special Investigations Unit in this new role. His responsibilities broadened and he was now leading investigations in high profile cases such as officer involved shootings as well as technical cases involving other police agencies. In August 2005, Lt. Colonel Webb transferred to the Highway Patrol Division where he served as the Administrative Sergeant in the Division Office.
October 2007, brought him a promotion to Lieutenant and with that a new assignment as the Human Resources Assistant Manager. Lt. Colonel Webb remained in this position until July 2009, when he was assigned to Youngtown where he served as the Metro West Highway Patrol District Commander.
In February 2010, he was appointed by the Director to serve as the agency’s Legislative Liaison. During this, Lt. Colonel Webb was appointed as the Interim Chief of Police for the Town of Wickenburg. June through September of 2010, he assumed these additional responsibilities while the town searched for a new Chief of Police. After this three-month period, Lt. Colonel Webb returned to his previous duties as the agency’s Legislative Liaison.
In June 2012, Lt. Colonel Webb was appointed to serve as the Executive Officer to the Director where his responsibilities included oversight/management of the following programs/units: Legislative Liaison, General Counsel, Governor Security, EEO, Public Information Office and Aviation; he promoted in place to the rank of Major in May 2014. He served as the Executive Officer for two Directors, to include Colonel Frank Milstead.
In June 2015, he returned to Metro Highway Patrol as the Metro Bureau Commander. There, he ultimately managed a bureau consisting of almost 400 personnel to include Highway Patrol, Motors, Commercial Motor Vehicles, Capitol District, DUI Special Enforcement Squad, Freeway Service, Reserves and Student Transportation.
Lt. Colonel Webb has been the recipient of the Criminal Investigations Division, Major Crimes Investigations Employee of the Year and Agency Support Division Commander of the Year awards as well as receiving two Director’s Unit Citation awards. Lt. Colonel Webb received his Associates Degree in Law Enforcement Technology from Rio Salado Community College and earned a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education, Human Services, from Wayland Baptist University.
He earned his Certified Public Manager national certification from Arizona State University; a graduate of Harvard Kennedy School, Senior Executives in State and Local Government; the Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command; and International Association of Chiefs of Police Leadership in Police Organizations (LPO) command program.