Wednesday, June 15, 2011

CCSO Chief Completes Prestigious FBI National Academy

CCSO Chief Completes Prestigious FBI National Academy

Collier County Sheriff’s Office Chief of Administration Greg Smith was among 246 law enforcement officers who graduated from the FBI National Academy Program in Quantico, Va. on June 10.

The principal speaker at the ceremony was FBI Director Robert Mueller.

Internationally recognized for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program offers 10 weeks of advanced investigative, management and fitness training for selected officers who have proven records as professionals within their agencies. On average, graduates have 19 years of law enforcement experience and usually return to their agencies to serve in executive-level positions.

This was the 245th session of the National Academy. It consisted of men and women from 48 states, the District of Columbia and 22 countries. Three military organizations and two federal civilian organizations were also represented in the class.

Smith, a lifelong Collier County resident, was appointed to CCSO in 1980 as a corrections officer. He rose through the ranks and was named captain of the Corrections Department in 1994. In 1999 Smith was appointed chief of the Corrections Department and served in that capacity until being named chief of the Administration Department in 2005.

He earned a master’s degree in public administration at Hodges University and a bachelor’s degree in social science at the University of South Florida. He is also a graduate of the National Institute of Corrections and has completed more than 3,000 hours of professional development training. He is a member of the Leadership Institute class of 2007 and the Leadership Collier class of 1998.

Smith serves on the board of directors of the United Way of Collier County. In his free time he is an avid boater, fisherman and outdoorsman. He also holds a private pilot’s license. He and his wife Mary have two children.