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Smith seeks 3rd term
 
Sheriff Dan Smith has announced his candidacy for re-election to a third term as sheriff Patrick County.
Smith, 42, was first elected in November of 2007.
Smith said in a news release that it is an honor to serve the citizens of Patrick County.
"We've accomplished a great deal in seven years," the sheriff said. "A much needed jail was constructed, more than 200 drug dealers have been arrested and sent to prison and we became one of only a handful of rural sheriff's offices to earn accreditation. I am proud of this organization."
Smith said he is most proud, however, of the bond that exists between the community and the sheriff's office.
"I believe that the relationship we share with the community is genuine and it starts with the community having direct access to me," he said. "I want the public to know that I am here for them and that I am just a phone call away."
Smith said his employees have worked hard to make the county a safe and inviting place to visit, live and raise a family.
"I receive compliments often about our employees and how they treat people with respect; that is what it is all about," Smith said. He said his employees know how to stretch resources to ensure that citizens are receiving the best possible services.
"Simply put, they are stretched thin, but they get the job done," he said.
The state constitution, which virtually mirrors the national constitution, clearly implies that the office of the sheriff belongs to the people, Smith said.
"I believe in the Constitution to its core; in fact, sheriff's offices are the only law enforcement agencies that are accountable to and answer directly to the people," Smith said. "There is a certain beauty in that. In turn, the people should have direct access to me which allows their concerns to be heard and enables me to make what changes need to be made."
The sheriff's office has proven itself over and over again in terms of successfully investigating complex, sometimes violent crimes, and the office has consistently shown its willingness to work with other agencies to promote successful outcomes, Smith said.
"We will use every resource available to solve crimes and keep our citizens safe, and if that entails asking for outside help, then that is what I will do," Smith said. "I have spent the past seven years serving the citizens of this great county and they have been the best years of my life."
The sheriff said he looks forward to many years of service to the people of Patrick County, "the best people you will find anywhere."
Sheriff Smith and his wife, Amy, and their two sons, Daniel and David, reside in Patrick Springs. They are members of Stuart Presbyterian Church.
Smith can be reached directly on his cell phone at 276-692-7012.