“In order to fill the position of Operations Division commander, we began a promotional process that included a thorough written questionnaire and board interview of candidates from the rank of captain within the department,” Turner said in a news release. “The Johnson City Police Department is very fortunate to have candidates who possess excellent leadership and management skills.
“This translates into high quality management for this agency and outstanding police services for our community. I commend each of the participating officers for their hard work and dedication and for their commitment to the department’s mission – community safety.”
Smith succeeds Turner, who had been in the operations role until his elevation to chief in February.
Smith joined the department’s first Public Safety Officer program in 1978. He is a 1978 graduate of East Tennessee State University, a 1991 graduate of the United States Department of Defense Polygraph Institute, and a 1997 graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
Smith has served as a public safety officer, Criminal Investigations Division investigator, sergeant, lieutenant, and most recently, captain of the Internal Affairs Unit and School Resource Officer Unit.
“Maj. Smith has been responsible for ensuring that our officers adhere to the high professional and ethical standards we entrust them with,” Turner said. “He also has worked closely with the Johnson City School System in the management and expansion of the School Resource Officer program and other student safety initiatives.
“He is well prepared for his new role, and I look forward to working alongside him in that capacity.”