, Port Arthur, Texas

January 7, 2014

Smith named Chief Deputy

The Port Arthur News

BEAUMONT — Tim Smith, former chief investigator at the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, has been appointed as the new chief deputy of law enforcement with Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

Chief Deputy Smith comes to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office with 33 years of law enforcement experience. Smith began his career following graduation from Sam Houston State University in 1981 with the Port Arthur Police Department.

After eight years with PAPD, Smith left to accept a position with the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office as Criminal Investigator. In 1997, Tim was promoted to Chief Investigator at the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office.

“I am pleased to have an individual with Tim's reputation, integrity and experience to lead our law enforcement division,” Sheriff Mitch Woods said.

He will replace Zena Stephens who vacated the spot at the end of the summer.

Smith’s duties will now include the patrol and  criminal investigations divisions.

Deputy Smith is married to wife Judy Smith and they have three children, Bethany, Timothy and Shane Smith.