Sheriff Shannon Smith took office on February 23, 2009. Since taking office Sheriff Smith has made improvements to the Office and the county jail.
Bullet proof vests for all Deputies
Safety equipment for all Deputies including high visibility vests and jackets, traffic wands and cones, electronic flares, digital radio system (mobile and handheld), new vehicles, I-pads in vehicles for mapping and receiving information about calls and reporting in the field.
Deputies have access to fingerprint kits, stop sticks to end pursuits, and first responder medical kits.
New Weapons including pistols, shotguns, rifles as well as less lethal weapons including pepper guns, pepper balls, and Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) gas.
Drone and robot to use in various situations.
Hum Vee and four wheelers for inclement weather or off-road search and rescue
Mobile Command Post that is used in all emergencies in Seminole County and surrounding areas when needed.
Sheriff Smith knows the importance of training and education; Deputies are required to receive a minimum of 40 hours in continued education through CLEET (Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training), outside law enforcement, and criminal justice professionals as well as mental health training.
To help acquire items and services for the Sheriff's Office and the Jail, Sheriff Smith has received thousands of dollars in grant funds since 2009.
Sheriff Smith has also incorporated many community programs within the Sheriff's Office including Off Duty work within the Community, Christmas with a Deputy, Food Drives, McGruff, and Assistance to families with emergencies.
Sheriff Smith currently serves
1st Vice President of the Oklahoma Sheriff's Association
Secretary for the County Officers and Deputies Association
Board Member for the Traffic Safety Committee of National Sheriff's Association
State Delegate for Oklahoma in the Western States Sheriff's Association
Vice Chairman of Local Emergency Planning Committee
Vice Chairman of 911 Advisory Board
Medal of Valor – Oklahoma Sheriff's and Peace Officers Association – 2010
President's Award – Oklahoma Sheriff's Association – 2009
Sheriff of the Year – Oklahoma Sheriff's Association - 2014
OK28 Mental Health Endorsement