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Smith appointed to sheriff’s commission by Gov. Cooper

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Gov. Roy Cooper has appointed Granville County Commissioner David Smith to serve on the N.C. Sheriff’s Association and Training Standards Commission.

Smith, who served as Granville County sheriff from 1998 until his retirement in 2009, has a 37-year career in law enforcement.

The North Carolina Sheriff’s Education and Training Standards Commission is responsible for the certification of justice officers — including deputy sheriffs, detention officers and telecommunicators — who are employed in the 100 sheriff’s offices across the state. The commission also oversees the establishment, maintenance and upgrading of acceptable training courses.

“I am honored to have been selected by Gov. Cooper for this appointment,” Smith said.

North Carolina established the first Sheriff’s Education and Training Standards Commission in the country, with quality of course work and hours of required training that are among the highest in the nation. Through their association, North Carolina sheriffs have developed a program of professional standards and training that serves as a national model.

In addition to serving on the commission, Smith is also a member of the Granville Health System Board of Trustees, the Board of Equalization and Review, the Human Relations Commission, the Kerr Tar Regional Council of Governments Board, the Oxford Downtown Economic Development Commission Board, the Senior Services Advisory Committee and the Triangle North Board. Representing District 2 on the Granville County Board of Commissioners, Smith was elected in 2010 and is currently serving his third term.