Justin Smith is currently serving his second term as Sherif of Larimer County, Colorado. Larimer County encompasses over 2,600 square miles, is home to over 350,000 residents, and includes the main campus of Colorado State University.
Sherif Smith began his law enforcement career in 1987 as a student officer at Wichita State University and as a reserve deputy at the Sedgwick County Sherif’s Office, in Kansas. In 1991, he joined the Larimer County Sherif’s Office as a deputy. Over the following two decades, Sherif Smith worked assignments in patrol, investigations, professional standards, and the jail divisions. Throughout that time, he was promoted through the ranks of the department, serving for more than a decade as a captain and major in three different divisions. In 2010, Sherif Smith was elected to serve as the 27th Sherif of Larimer County, CO.
Sherif Smith has a Bachelor’s Degree in Administration of Justice from Wichita State University and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Executive Leadership from the University of Colorado at Denver. He’s a graduate of the FBI National Academy’s 223rd Session and has completed both the National Sherif’s Institute and the 70th session of the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar. He is also a former adjunct professor of Criminal Justice at Colorado State University.
Sherif Smith is the past president of the Colorado Jail Association, the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates, and the County Sherifs of Colorado, and is a current member of the Board of Directors for the National Sherifs Association. He and his wife Anne make their home in Fort Collins, Colorado and they have two grown sons.