Office of the Chief


Interim Chief Wade Wood moved to Asheville and began his secondary education at the University of North Carolina at Asheville in 1986. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in 1990. After serving as a Detention Officer with the Buncombe County Sheriff's Office, he began his career with the Asheville Police Department in 1992. 

Interim Chief Wood began his career as a patrol officer and served several years with the Police and Community Together Team (PACT) coordinating and participating in numerous community events. He rose through the ranks serving as Patrol Sergeant, Patrol Lieutenant, Administrative Divisions Captain, and Criminal Investigations Division (CID) Captain, and Deputy Chief of Police.

Interim Chief Wood is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Session 234, the Police Executive Research Forum's Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP) Session 66 and the Administrative Officers Management Program (AOMP) Session 27 through North Carolina State University.

Contact Information:
Office: (828) 259-5813


Deputy Chief James "Jim" Baumstark started with the Asheville Police Department on November 9, 2015. Prior to his arrival, he served as a Captain for the Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) in Fairfax, Virginia. He has held the rank of Captain since 2010 but has been a member of the department since 1989. As a Captain, he oversaw operations, administrative and investigative responsibilities for the Northern Virginia Regional Intelligence Center, FCPD Gang Unit, Criminal Intelligence Unit, and the grant-funded Human Trafficking Task Force.

Baumstark received his Bachelor of Arts in History from Virginia Tech. He has advanced leadership training through the Professional Executive Leadership School and the University of Richmond Business School, Key Executive Masters Certificate Program in Leadership from American University and completed the Fusion Center Leaders Program through the Naval Postgraduate School.

Contact Information:
Office: (828) 259-5539


Contact Information:
Office: (828) 251-4056