"I am of the mindset that a qualified sheriff is an individual who can lead, inspire teamwork, develop relationships and can problem solve. Protecting the community demands an intricate skill set which must be carried out by professional, well-trained employees under the direction and supervision of your sheriff." ~ Jeff Smith
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Date of Birth: December 20, 1968

Married: Rebecca J. (Buddles) Smith: August 4, 1990

Children: Son: Justin, his wife Amber (Brown) , grandson Jacoby

                  Daughter: Ashley, fiance Cody Bargstedt

Resides: Village of Fort Plain, NY


Fort Plain Central School District 

High School Regents Diploma ~ 1987

Herkimer County Community College 

Associates Degree – Criminal Justice 

Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy (FBINA) 

FBI Academy Graduate ~ 2002

Numerous Law Enforcement Courses:

Certified Crisis Negotiator, Police Instructor, DARE Instructor, Clandestine Lab Certified (DEA), Public-Information Officer, Incident Command System (NIMS) CertifiedICS, 100, 139, 200, 235, 241, 242 300, 400, 402, 700 & 800

Civic Organizations

Fort Plain Fire Department

30 Year Volunteer Firefighter, Chief 2014-2017

Montgomery County Office for Aging

Chairman, Advisory Board 

St. Mary’s Hospital, Amsterdam

Member-Community Service Board

Domestic Violence Task Force 


Montgomery County Local Board for Emergency Food and Shelter Program


American Red Cross 

Certified Volunteer

CASA Board

Past Member

Canajoharie-Ft. Plain Elks 29 years

Member (Past Drug Awareness Chairman)

NYSEMA (New York State Emergency Managers  Association)


Richard T. Bower Scholarship Fund Committee


Montgomery County EMS Advisory Board


FMCC Criminal Justice Advisory Board


Former Biddy Basketball Coach, AYSO Soccer Referee and Little League Coach


Montgomery County Emergency Services  

Director ~ 2014 - Present

St. Johnsville Police Department

Police Officer ~ 2014-Present 

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office

Montgomery County STOP-DWI

Coordinator ~ 2013-2017


Fort Plain Police Department  

Police Officer ~ 1989-1999

Village of Fort Plain Village

Trustee ~ 1999-2003 ~ Daily operations of the Village of Fort Plain Government, as well as budget preparations

 Undersheriff (2003-2014) Second in command of 135 employee agency, $6.5 million budget, various law enforcement, investigative and supervisory duties

 Lieutenant Road Patrol (2001-2003)

 Sergeant Road Patrol (1999-2001)

 K-9 Patrol (1994-2002)(K-9 Dix)

 Deputy Sheriff Road Patrol (1992-2003)

 Corrections Officer (1988-1992)

Charity Work

Annual Food Drive for Catholic Charities of Fulton and Montgomery County

Annual American Red Cross Blood Drive

Safety and Security for the Annual Thanksforgiving Fundraiser supporting Dr. Catena

Toys for Tots Partner

Office for Aging Fundraisers

United Way Fundraisers

New York State Children's Foundation Fundraisers

Volunteer FD Fundraisers


2018 Rising Star Award - Honored by New York State Republican Party (click for more information)

Montgomery County First Responder of the Year- 2017-

Fort Plain Fire Department


Sheriff’s Office Commendation for Meritorious Service

Sheriff’s Office Life Saving Award

NYSSA Sheriff’s Innovative Program Award for MCAM  (Montgomery County Against Meth)

Domestic Violence Collaboration Award

Heart Hero Award-Lifesaving for performing CPR

Liberty Bell Award-Honored by Montgomery County Bar Association