LIBERTY, November 9, 2015 - Liberty County Sheriff Bobby Rader announced the selection by the agencies committee of Father Ted W. Smith of the Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Liberty as the “Employee of the Month” for the month of November. This is the first selection of a unpaid volunteer for this honor that the Sheriff’s Office has recognized for their contribution to the agencies overall goals and community involvement. Father Smith is one of five Chaplains that now volunteer their personal off duty hours to serve the Sheriff’s Office as well as the general community and other Frist Responder agencies. Having served faithfully his “home Church” for the past eight years he brings many qualifications and attributes to the table for the Sheriff’s Office.
||Chaplain Ted Smith has many hours of training for the varied volunteer assignments in which he finds himself involved. His qualifications and educational background is quite impressive starting with his Master of Divinity Degree from St. Michael’s College in Florida which has, in turn, allowed his career to expand into other fields of study and interest.
Since becoming one of the Chaplains with the Sheriff’s Office, Chaplain Smith has gained well over 200 hours of law enforcement related training and has earned a basic certification in Law Enforcement Chaplaincy, he is certified in Trauma and Grief care as well as certified in Disaster Response from a school co-sponsored by the University of Maryland. Chaplain Smith is also a member of the Sheriff’s Office recently created “Family Assistance Unit” that was created by Sheriff Rader to give faith based support to the agencies employees, citizen family members involved in death related calls of loved ones as well as any First Responder agency within Liberty County that ask for their services. He is also a past board member and present member of the Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association of which he spends many of his personal off-duty hours riding the “Citizen on Patrol” unit in the counties many sub-divisions serving as the “eyes and ears” for the Sheriff’s Office. Chaplain Smith is presently working on his Master Chaplain Certification and hopes to add this to his many accomplishments in the near future.
Chaplain Smith is married with three grown children and says that in his very limited off duty hours he enjoys fishing but mostly he enjoys the time he can spend with his grandchildren. He is quick to add that his first love and primary concern is for his Church family and secondly for the well-being and spiritual guidance of Sheriff’s personnel who may request his services. He goes on to say that his passion is for working within the community and he is committed to the spiritual wellbeing of that group.
As Sheriff Rader was quoted as saying in announcing Chaplain Ted selection for Employee of the Month, “…. He is an outstanding asset to the Citizen on Patrol program, the Citizen Police Academy organization, the Family Assistance Unit and anything else the Sheriff’s Office needs will find Chaplain Smith volunteering to help. Chaplain Smith has directed traffic, patrolled about every sub-division in Liberty County, counselled both employees and citizens in times of distress and helped out in every other service work that our agency has been involved in. He shows tireless dedication, works hard and makes sure that every job he is assigned to will be completed in a professional manner….”. ( End quote)
Chaplain Smith’s response to the question of,… “where do you see the Sheriff’s Office in 10 years….” speaks volumes about this man who wears so many different volunteer hats and serves them all with a humble, quiet and gentle manner when he says, “…I would like to see the department continue to serve the public as it does now and as it grows in manpower and the county grows in population, I would like very much to be a part of that process in continuing to service the public in any way that I can….”.
It is this kind of attitude toward God, community and service in which the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office ask the public to join us in saluting the “Employee of the Month” for November, Chaplain Ted W. Smith.