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
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."