Sheriff Smith was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Sheriff Boone from 1986 to 1988. He was elected in 1988 and served two 4-year terms.
Sheriff Smith was born in Jasper County to Sheila and CR Smith, Sr. and later moved to Orangeburg County.
Sheriff Smith worked with the Orangeburg Department of Public Safety before being hired at the Sheriff’s Office by Sheriff Boone.
In 1990, Sheriff Smith was selected as the Sheriff of the Year by the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association. He was President of the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association in 1994 to 1995. He served on the Board of the National Sheriffs’ Association from 1988 to 1996.
Smith and his wife, Betty, still reside in Orangeburg.