Lemoore Police Chief Darrell Smith says he will run for District 3 Kings County Supervisor

By Ed Martin, Editor
Lemoore Chief of Police Darrell Smith
Lemoore Chief of Police Darrell Smith

Lemoore Chief of Police Darrell Smith has thrown his hat into the race for Kings County Supervisor. He will take on two-term county legislator Doug Verboon in the District 3 June 5 Primary Election.

Smith is the second Lemoore official to join this year’s race for a seat on the Kings County Board of Supervisors. Last week, Lemoore City Councilmember Eddie Neal said he would run against longtime supervisor Joe Neves for the District 1 seat.

Verboon and a third candidate, Robert Garcia, have already filed papers with the Kings County Elections Office indicating their willingness to run. Verboon is a fourth-generation farmer and local businessman in Kings County. He served a 16-year career as a Pioneer Elementary School board member.

Smith enters the race as a formidable candidate, having served in law enforcement for the past 28 years, beginning his career with the Hanford Police Department and rising quickly through the ranks of corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, and then captain. He also led the Kings County Narcotics Task Force for nearly two years.

In 2013 he was appointed to what he refers to as his “dream job,” as Lemoore’s police chief. He replaced former chief Jeff Laws, appointed to the Lemoore city manager’s job. He also served as the acting city manager for a few months following the departure of former manager Andi Welsh.

“After much thought and consideration, I am officially announcing my intent to run for Kings County Board of Supervisor, District 3,” stated Smith in a statement to The Leader.

“My law enforcement career has prepared me for the roles and responsibilities of the office of the Kings County Board of Supervisors,” said Smith. "Having an established a network of professional relationships in the county will allow me to hit the ground running on day one. We have many issues to address in our county, and I look forward to working as a team, the board of supervisors, staff, and our constituents to move our county forward."

Smith said his focus will remain on jobs and economic growth, water, and reaffirmed his strong emphasis on public safety.  “We must continue to support our public safety personnel and provide the resources they need to keep our communities safe,” he emphasized.

Smith and his wife Maryann have a 31-year marriage. They have two daughters: Ryan 23, and Kyle 21. Both attended West Hills College and Fresno State. Ryan is working on her MBA and Kyle is finishing up her BA.

“I decided to run so I can continue to serve my community, and believe that my leadership style will offer a fresh perspective on the role of supervisor.  If I am fortunate enough to be elected, I look forward to serving the residents of District 3, and all of Kings County.”



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