Smith announces bid for sheriff’s seat

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Posted 2/18/18

Through 14 years in law enforcement — 13 of those years spent as chief of police in Parrish and Cordova — Nick Smith says he has always been driven by a strong desire to serve people.

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Smith announces bid for sheriff’s seat

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Through 14 years in law enforcement — 13 of those years spent as chief of police in Parrish and Cordova — Nick Smith says he has always been driven by a strong desire to serve people.

“That desire is what drags me out of bed and away from my family every day and I've been blessed to have the opportunity to dedicate my life to the service of others,” Smith said. “It is through this drive that I have been able to turn two fledgling departments into successful law enforcement agencies and reduced the crime rate in Parrish and Cordova by 80 percent.”

Smith said the people of Walker County are hardworking, down home, salt of the earth people who deserve a county they can be proud of. He said he believes that Walker County can be one of the greatest places to live and raise a family.

“That is why I am taking this opportunity to officially announce my candidacy for Walker County Sheriff in 2018,” Smith said. “After some talking and a whole lot of praying about this decision with my wife Tabatha, who works at Bevill State Community College and serves as the president of the Foster Parents Association, and my four children, we decided that this is the perfect opportunity to seek real change for the better in Walker County.

“With the help of the citizens that live here, I truly think we can do it,” Smith continued. “For far too long, Walker County has been a laughingstock; an afterthought in this great state. It's time we join and work together to restore our home to the greatness it once knew.”

It's no secret that Walker County suffers from one of the worst drug problems in the entire country, Smith said. In his career, Smith has made more than 1,500 drug cases and that experience and dedication is what he said it will take to start putting dealers away and getting drugs off the street.

Property crimes are at an all-time high, according to Smith.

“In my five years at Cordova, we have reduced property crimes from 167 in 2012 to only 30 in 2017. Walker County is suffering from both of these criminal elements and it's time to put a stop to all of it,” Smith said.

If elected, Smith says he has many plans designed to turn law enforcement completely around and take it in a new, more successful direction. Those plans include placing deputies in county schools by obtaining federal grant money to ensure the safety of our children, a multi-jurisdictional task force manned by officers from the sheriff’s office and area municipal police departments aimed at reducing drug and property crimes, and a comprehensive restructuring of the sheriff’s office to maximize effectiveness and get deputies out of the office and into the streets where they can make the biggest difference.

“My plan will put more deputies in our streets and in our communities where we can best serve the people,” Smith said. “These are just a few of the many ideas you will see under a Smith administration. Through God’s grace I have made it to this point in my career and hopefully, through that grace and the confidence of the people of Walker County, I can take this huge step and be the sheriff that this county needs and deserves.

“Throughout this campaign I have pledged to always take the high road,” Smith added. “I’m not a career politician and I will not compromise my integrity to participate in negative campaign ads or political mudslinging. The people of Walker County have been beaten down by negative after negative for so long, but I want to bring nothing but positive progress to the sheriff’s office. I’m more concerned with showing people what I can bring to the table and how My ideas can get us where we need to be. I truly believe that it is my calling to serve the people of Walker County as their sheriff and it is with that belief in mind that I humbly ask you all to please consider me to serve you as sheriff.”

Area residents can stay up to date and read more about Smith’s plans if elected on Facebook at support Nick Smith for Sheriff and at his website www.votenicksmithsheriff.com.