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Santa Clara CountyCandidate for Sheriff

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Laurie Smith

Sheriff, County of Santa Clara
294,500 votes (55.74%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Continue to protect our community with a proactive approach on policing, fully investigate residential burglaries, robberies, auto-thefts and all types of crimes.  The Sheriff has expanded partnerships to better serve our community.
  • The Sheriff will continue to aggressively pursue sexual assault, human trafficking and domestic violence cases. Violent crimes will receive all resources necessary to ensure justice as well as closure and support for victims and their families. 
  • Advocate for Mobile Mental Health teams. Pair a clinician with a patrol deputy to respond to calls.  She will continue Jail Reforms, providing re-entry services to inmates so they can integrate back into society avoiding homelessness and crime. 



Profession:Sheriff, County of Santa Clara
Sheriff, County of Santa Clara (1973–current)
Sheriff, Santa Clara County — Elected position (1998–current)
Sheriff, County of Santa Clara — Elected position (1998–current)
Deputy Sheriff, Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office — Appointed position (1973–1998)


San Jose State University Bachelor of Science, Administration of Justice (current)
California Polytechnic University, Pomona Master of Science, Management (current)
United States Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security Master's Candidate, Security Services (current)
Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI National Academy (current)
Federal Bureau of Investigation National Executive Institute (current)


Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith is a native of Michigan where she lived until completion of high school. In 1969, she relocated to San Jose, California to pursue higher education and begin her law enforcement career. While still an undergraduate, she began her public service career in 1973 when she was sworn in as a Deputy Sheriff Matron, then the only full peace officer status position available to women. Sheriff Smith has spent her entire professional career with the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office.


Laurie graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Administration of Justice, and later received her Master’s Degree in Management from California Polytechnic University, Pomona. Sheriff Smith is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the State of California Command College, the FBI National Executive Institute and the American Leadership Forum – Silicon Valley. She is currently a Master’s candidate at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School through the Center for Homeland Defense and Security.


On December 15, 1998, Laurie Smith was sworn in to serve as Santa Clara County’s 28th Sheriff since the department’s inception in 1850. She has also been consistently chosen for re-election through four additional terms to serve the people of Santa Clara County. Sheriff Smith has received numerous honors and awards for her public service, and has an outstanding record in the California law enforcement community. She is a past-president of the California State Sheriffs’ Association and is a past Woman of the Year recipient by the California State Assembly.


Sheriff Smith has been active in a number of professional and law enforcement organizations including the Valley Medical Center Foundation, Child Quest International, Santa Clara County Human Trafficking Commission, California State Sheriffs’ Association, California Peace Officers’ Association, Major County Sheriffs’ Association, National Criminal Justice Association, Police Futurists International and the National Sheriffs’ Association.


She has been appointed and has served on the State of California, Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (appointed by Governor Davis, Governor Schwarzenegger and Governor Brown); the Speaker’s Commission on Police Conduct; the Office of the Attorney General, Blue Ribbon Commission on SWAT Practices and Policies; the Attorney General’s Violent Crime Reduction Task Force; and the Silicon Valley Regional Interoperability Authority. Within Santa Clara County, she has been appointed and served on the Community Corrections Partnership and Re-Entry Network Governance Team, the Jail Diversion and Behavioral Health Subcommittee of the Re-Entry Network, the Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council, and the Anti-Terrorism Approval Authority. She has also served on the Administration of Justice Advisory Board for De Anza College and the University of San Francisco.


Sheriff Smith has served on the following Boards, Commissions, and Committees:


Emergency Operational Area Council

Anti-Terrorism Approval Authority

Asset Forfeiture Fund Oversight Committee

Cal-ID Remote Access Network (RAN) Policy Board

Community Corrections Partnership Committee

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Steering Committee

Human Trafficking Commission

Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council

Juvenile Justice Systems Collaborative

Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force

Race Equality in Justice Systems Workgroup

Silicon Valley Regional Interoperability Authority

Public Safety and Justice Committee

Re-Entry Network

Domestic Violence Council

Disaster Preparedness Executive Committee

Speaker’s Commission on Police Conduct

Attorney General’s Commission of SWAT Practices and Policies

Attorney General’s Crime Reduction Task Force

Attorney General’s Criminal Justice Advisory Committee

Emergency Response Training Advisory Committee

California State Sheriffs’ Association – Past President

Major State Sheriffs’ Association – Executive Board

Santa Clara County Police Chiefs’ Association – Past President

State of California, Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Commission

Rotary Club of San Jose

Valley Medical Center Foundation Board of Directors

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