Chief Brian Smith began his career in 1980 as a Deputy Sheriff with the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.  Later, Brian joined the Cleveland Police Department as a patrol officer, he rose through the ranks to become a detective sergeant, the position he held when he retired from CPD in March, 2012.  He is a 32-year law enforcement veteran with local law enforcement.   

In addition to his long law enforcement career, Smith also served from 2006-2014 on the Bradley County Commission to represent the third district of Bradley County.

 Smith held several leadership positions, including chair of the Law Enforcement Committee, the Education Committee, the Juvenile Justice Committee, and the Workhouse Study Committee.

During his 32 years as a law enforcement professional, Smith has received thousands of hours of in-service training, specialized training, and management training. Smith is a graduate of the University of Tennessee’s Municipal Management School, as well as Effective Supervision Training. He is a graduate of the Tennessee Basic Law Enforcement Academy, and has been trained in the areas of criminal investigation and officer survival. 

Among the many specialized schools attended by Chief Smith are schools dealing in investigation techniques of the following areas:  criminal conspiracies, homicide, narcotics trafficking, traffic homicide, child sexual abuse, dangerous drugs, international money laundering, and digital voice stress analysis.

Chief Smith, 54, is a life-long resident of Cleveland and graduated from Cleveland High School, and attended Cleveland State Community College. He is also a member of Georgetown Baptist Church and has a son, Kyle Smith.

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