The Sheriff is the Chief Law Enforcement Officer of the county. The Sheriff’s Office is constitutionally charged with the responsibility of the public peace within our respective communities. Our responsibilities cover the entire spectrum of law enforcement. We are executive officers of the courts and thusly execute warrants, writs, and other processes directed to us by various courts of jurisdiction. My deputies and I are active in presenting information and training to the public on such topics as safety, crime prevention, and other topics of mutual concern, tailored to our community's specific needs.
The Daviess County Sheriff's Office continues to participate in a policing concept called: Community Oriented Policing. It is NOT a program, but a style and philosophy of police service delivery designed to accomplish a law enforcement mission. Community Oriented Policing (COPS) allows the community and law enforcement agencies to work closely together to enhance crime control.
My goal as your Sheriff has been to develop a well trained, efficient, and professional law enforcement office, which continuously strives to provide outstanding service to the citizens of Daviess County and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. In pursuit of this goal, I have attempted to build an organization comprised of outstanding individuals who demonstrate high moral integrity and the motivation to work with pride to accomplish our mission. Working together, we are committed to making a positive difference in our community.
Sheriff Barry Smith was born and raised in the community of Panther, which is in the southwest part of Daviess County, Kentucky. Sheriff Smith is married to his supportive wife, Brooke. They attend Brushy Fork Baptist Church and trust daily in their faith in the Lord. When they aren’t working they enjoy spending time with family, especially their two grandchildren. Sheriff Smith graduated from Apollo High School and obtained an Associate’s Degree from the Owensboro Community College. He’s a graduate from the University of The Cumberlands, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. Sheriff Smith started his career with the Daviess County Sheriff’s Office in 1995 as a patrol deputy. He has spent his entire 27 year career with our office and has served in all supervisory positions. In 2010 he was promoted to Lieutenant of Patrol and in 2016 to Captain of Patrol. In August 2017, he was honored to receive the command position of Chief Deputy for now retired Sheriff Keith Cain. In December 2021 Sheriff Smith was appointed after receiving retiring Sheriff Keith Cain’s full endorsement and the appointment of Judge Executive Al Mattingly. Sheriff Smith has completed numerous training courses through the Department of Criminal Justice training over his extensive career. He is a 2015 Leadership of Owensboro graduate and a 2016 graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Homeland Security Leadership Academy in Glynco, Georgia.
University of the Cumberlands-- Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice and Business Administration
Owensboro Community and Technical College—Associates in Arts
Apollo High School
Federal Law Enforcement Homeland Security Leadership Graduate
Academy of Police Supervision Graduate
Leadership of Owensboro Graduate
Kentucky Sheriff’s Association Deputy of the Year
American Police Hall of Fame Silver Star for Bravery
Law Enforcement Medal of Valor
Life Saving Award
Outstanding Young Kentuckian Award
Red Cross Hero Award
Kentucky Agency for Substance Abuse Policy Board
Rivervalley Behavioral Health Board of Directors
Ambulance Contracting Authority Board
Moseleyville Volunteer Fire Department Board
Animal Control Board
Housing Urban Development (HUD) Board
Previous Lighthouse Board Member
Kentucky Sheriff’s Association
Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 16
Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce