David B. Parker began his law enforcement career as a deputy with the Woods County Sheriff’s Office in Alva, Oklahoma, while attending college. After graduating from Northwestern Oklahoma State University, he accepted a position with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. Entering as a correctional officer, he was promoted through the ranks as an investigator, deputy warden, divisional supervisor of construction and maintenance, warden, deputy director and retiring as director of Division II. After retiring he accepted the position of jail administrator for the Tulsa County Jail located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a 1,900-bed facility.
Throughout his career, he never received an ACA accreditation score less than 100%, either at a prison or jail. He served as a committee chair for Southern States Corrections Association and was a member of the National Institute of Corrections Large Jail Network think tank. He currently provides consultation as a detention expert.