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Kern CountyCandidate for Supervisor, District 3

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Brian Smith

Retired C.H.P. Commander
8,221 votes (33.44%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Reduce crime
  • Homelessness
  • Constituency Services



Profession:Retired CHP Asst. Chief
Senior Security Advisor, Ca Resources Corporation (2016–2018)
Deputy Chief, Shafter Police Department (2012–2016)
Asst. Chief, Ca. Highway Patrol (1984–2012)


National University Bachelor’s, Criminal Justice (1984)

Community Activities

Member, Kern Co Law Enforcement Foundation (2007–current)
Member, Public Safety Professionals Retreat (2020–current)
Captain, Cops Ice Hockey Team (2002–current)
President, Kern County Chiefs Association (2008–2009)


Brief Bio - Brian Smith

I was born on March 10, 1962, in Meadowbrook, PA and grew up right outside of Philadephia, in a small town called Cheltenham, PA.  I graduated from high school, entered the United States Marine Corps, obtained my BA degree (Magna Cum Laude) and promted to E-5 sergeant (in only 21 months).  I then joined the California Highway Patrol where I was the Bakersfield Commander for four years, before promoting to Assistant Chief where I supervised about 1500 employees and managed multi-million dollar budgets.  I then worked as a deputy chief for the Shafter Police Department.  I am also the author of "COPTALES", which is a weekly article about true police stories.  I am married to Nancy Smith and together, we have nine children and twelve grandchildren.


Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • KLEA
  • CAHP
  • BPOA

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Why I Want to be a County Supervisor


After the 52 Americans were taken as hostages by Iran, I joined the Marine Corps, 

When I saw officers suffering from PTSD, I created the CHP's Peer Support Program, 

When the nation turned on the police, I wrote a weekly article called, "Cop Tales", 

And when officers across the nation were losing their motivation, I wrote a nationally published article on improving morale.  

And, now that I see all the problems with crime, homelessness, poor public service, a poor economy and other issues, I decided to offer my experience and service to the citizens of Kern County. 

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