About Larry Smith

Larry has enjoyed a 34 year law enforcement career with the Gregg County, Texas Sheriff’s Department; United States Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); and United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms (ATFE).

Law Enforcement Career Began as a Deputy Sheriff on Patrol
Larry began his law enforcement career at the age of 20 as a Sheriff’s Deputy at the Gregg County Sheriff’s Department where he achieved the rank of Captain of the Criminal Investigation Division by the age of 27.

Since September of 1989, Larry has been with ATFE and has been stationed in Tyler, where he and his family now call home.  Due to Larry’s extensive career in criminal investigation, he has been involved in numerous high profile investigations ranging from burglary, homicide, sex offenses, drug offenses, firearms offenses and explosives related offenses.

Duties, Travels Have Honed Leadership, Team-Building Skills
Since 1997, Larry has been assigned as an assistant team leader and member of the ATFE National Response Team (NRT) and International Response Team (IRT).  The NRT and IRT are responsible for the investigation of large-scale high profile arson and explosives incidents throughout the United States and foreign countries.

Larry has traveled in 48 of the 50 states within the United States, working closely with other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.  As a result, Larry has had the opportunity to observe and learn management, operations and procedures from the most innovative and pro-active criminal law enforcement agencies in the nation.

Served as Case Agent on Successful Church Fire Investigation
In January of 2010, due to Larry’s vast experience on the ATFE National Response Team, he was selected as one of the case agents in the East Texas Church Fire Investigation.  Upon the successful completion of that investigation, Larry retired from ATFE on January 31, 2011 after 34 years and 4 months of law enforcement service.

Larry announced his retirement after discussing with his wife and children his desire to seek the office of Sheriff of Smith County.  Larry’s wife Leslie and his children Lauren and Landan fully support that decision.  Larry has experienced a very rewarding career in law enforcement and has enjoyed a great deal of support from citizens from all over East Texas as well as throughout the United States.

Now Larry wants to give back to those who have so loyally supported him throughout his career, by serving them as their Sheriff of Smith County.

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