Biography CW Smith




Dennis C.W. Smith took office in January of 2005; and was re-elected in November 2008. Commissioner Smith served as chair of the Board for 2007 and 2008.

For the 2009 calendar year, Commissioner Smith is the Board liaison to the County Administrator, County Audit Committee, and County Counsel as well as the following county departments: Fair Board, Development Services  Department, Urban Renewal, Economic & Special Development, Natural Resources Advisory Committee (NRAC), Veterans Affairs, and Watermaster. He is also liaison to the County’s Justice Services Departments, which includes the Sheriff’s Department, Community Justice, District Attorney, and the Public Safety Coordinating Council (PSCC).

Commissioner Smith also serves as liaison to the following non-county departments: Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service Regional Advisory Committee, Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development Inc, RVACT, MPO, Medford Chamber/TRADCO, O&C Executive Board of Directors, and Legislators.  Commissioner Smith is Association of Oregon Counties (AOC) 2nd Vice President, and serves on the AOC Board of Directors and Legislative Committee. 

Commissioner Smith is perhaps best known as being the Jackson County Sheriff from 1983 to 1995, where he was involved with many new and innovative programs. He brought Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) to the youth of Jackson County. He was also elected president of Southern Oregon Drug Awareness. C.W. was responsible for revitalizing Jackson County’s Search and Rescue program, and reinvigorating the Jackson County Marine Patrol program. C.W. Smith was voted Oregon Sheriff of the Year for 1989-1990.

Besides his Jackson County law enforcement career, Commissioner Smith served as interim City Manager for Lakeview, Oregon, and as Police Chief for the City of Talent. He was also a radio talk show host, a private insurance business owner, and the manager of a large farming operation. C.W. is a native Oregonian who was born in Medford and raised in Central Point. He graduated from Crater High School in 1966, where he was elected student body vice-president. He also served in the United States Air Force and is a Vietnam Veteran. C. W. and his wife, Gina, have three adult children.

C.W. Smith served as the Jackson County Sheriff’s Administrative Services Division Captain from 2003 to 2004.

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