Dennis C. W. Smith, Artist


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Dennis C. W. Smith has been sculpting and sketching for over 30 years.  He has produced sculpts in bronze and clay mediums.

He has also served his community as a Jackson County Board Commissioner in January of 2005 and was re-elected in November 2008 and retired January 2013.  In the past, he served as Chair 2007, 2008, and 2011, and Vice Chair 2010.

During the 2012 calendar year, Commissioner Smith was the Board liaison to the following County departments and/or committees:  Animal Control Program under Health and Human Services, Community Justice, District Attorney, Justice Court, Urban Renewal and Economic Development, Natural Resources Advisory Committee (NRAC), Veterans' Advisory Committee, and Watermaster, as well as the Urban Renewal Agency, White City Enhanced Law Enforcement District, and White City Lighting District.

Commissioner Smith also serves as liaison to the following: Association of Oregon Counties (AOC), Job Council, Regional Advisory Committee (RAC), Rural Community Development (RC&D), Soil and Water Conservation District, Vector Control, and Watershed Council.

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.

Vision - "Echoing Life Through Art":

"I was born and raised in Jackson County and have served in the public and private sectors all my adult life. I am pro-people and pro-business, and have devoted myself to issues related to our environment. My goals include enhancing education, promoting family wage jobs, and supporting a robust economy while preserving our unique quality of life."


2014:  C. W. Smith co-authored the book, "Shooters, Heels And Heroes."

Phone: 541-944-3911
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