Smith, who once was commander of the Bakersfield CHP station, will be in charge of the city’s technology policing efforts, according to a news release from City Manager John Guinn.
Smith served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps and worked in 14
He is a past president of the Kern Chiefs of Police Association and a member of the Kern County Law Enforcement Foundation. He has worked with the Special Olympics, and was a board member of Wish Upon A Star, the news release said.
He is married with four sons, identical twins girls, and three step children. He also has five grandchildren. He enjoys playing ice hockey, softball, volleyball and watching all sports, the release said.
“I am excited about working with such an impressive city," the release quoted Smith as saying. "With their innovation and dedication to the safety of the community and commercial districts, I can see Shafter becoming a leader in safety and technology in the state.”