CCSO Chief Completes Prestigious FBI National Academy
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.