Clark County’s new sheriff is already a familiar face

Grove Hill, AlabamaWKRG) – There is a new sheriff in town, his name is De Wayne Smith.

“I’ve always wanted to see someone in a non-political political position. When asked, I jumped at that opportunity. What do I get from doing this job? No, in fact, I think I came here and cut wages to do this, “Sheriff Smith told WKRG News 5 in an interview Thursday.

Governor Kay Ivy has appointed Sheriff Dewain Smith as Supreme Police Officer in Clark County. He swore this week to fill the void after former sheriff Ray Norris. I resigned a month ago today.. It returned on June 1st. Sheriff Smith may not be accustomed to this position, but Macintosh natives are not strangers to Clark County.

“Before I was appointed, I worked as a detective in the city of Jackson. I was a detective sergeant,” he said.

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall began investigating alleged corruption against Sheriff Norris earlier this year. Sheriff Smith says his associates urged him to consider a new role. He tells WKRG News 5 that he already has a lot of ideas in the first week of work. One focus is on repetitive criminals.

“I think we can do some things in prison, so instead of training them to be better criminals, we can rehabilitate them,” Sheriff Smith continued.

Smith wants to build relationships with people in the community, and he wants them to know that his doors are always open.

“What the public expects from the police is respect and professionalism, and I don’t think it’s an unreasonable demand,” he added. Clark County’s new sheriff is already a familiar face

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