FORT SMITH, Ark. (KFSM) — Interim Chief Danny Baker was sworn in as the Fort Smith Police Chief Friday (Oct. 11).
Baker took his oath at a ceremony in front of his friends, family and members of the Fort Smith community.
His first duty as police chief was to promote Officer Steven Creek to Sergeant.
Baker spoke to 5NEWS about his future plans for the department. He says he wants to help fellow officers by proposing higher pay for hourly workers and by creating a mental health unit for his department.
“What I want to be remembered as a servant to others, and that’s the message I want to impart to the police department and the men and women that work there. When we take on that concept that we set our own needs aside and look to the needs of others, we’re going to succeed at everything we do,” Baker said.
Baker expressed it's been a rough few months for the department, but now has many things to look forward to.
Baker authorized a new Vision Statement for the Fort Smith Police Department:
Working toward a day when our profession is no longer needed, we shall relentlessly pursue perfection in all we do knowing excellence can be obtained. We will strive to improve the lives of everyone we encounter. Service to others will be our guiding principle as we work hand-in-hand with every segment of our community to seek permanent peace, justice and security for all.