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Chaplain David SmithThe Franklin County Sheriff's Office has admitted to its ranks the first Sheriff's Office Chaplain in the State of Vermont. Rev. David V. Smith, of St. Albans, was sworn in as Office Chaplain by Franklin County Sheriff Robert W. Norris on Friday, October 5, 2007, at the Sheriff's headquarters in St. Albans. It is a volunteer position.

Rev. Smith has extensive background with both law enforcement and the chaplaincy. He attended seminary in the Boston area and is ordained through the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference (CCCC). He became a military chaplain at the age of 39, with active duty in New Jersey and Germany, and served in the U.S. Army Reserves and Vermont National Guard in Maine and Vermont, respectively, until retiring as a Major in 2003. He currently pastors CrossConnection Ministries, a house church in St. Albans, and works full-time at Williston's Law Enforcement Support Center for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

He served as an enlisted soldier in Vietnam with two tours in 1966 and 1972, during which he received the Bronze Star. He has police background as a Deputy Sheriff with the Franklin County Sheriff's Department in Greenfield, MA; part-time patrol officer for numerous towns in Franklin County, MA; a police officer with Connecticut's Division of Special Revenue, and as a Military Police Officer in the U.S. Army Reserves at Westover Air Force Base in Chicopee, MA.

Chaplain Smith's chaplaincy coverage to the county sheriff's office will involve voluntary pastoral care to the men and women of the Office, and their families, as needed, and being on-call for pastoral coverage to anyone requesting such at the discretion of law enforcement personnel.

Chaplain Smith lives with his wife, Leigh, and daughter, Patience, in St. Albans Town.


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