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Smith named police chief in Portland
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Former Warren County resident Richard Smith has been named the new police chief in Portland, Tenn. He was interim police chief for three months leading up to his promotion.
A 1981 graduate of Warren County High School, Smith is the son of David and Mildred Smith of Morrison.
Smith, 48, has been the assistant chief at Portland Police Department for nine years, as well as a former drug task force officer in Sumner County. He has 27 years experience in law enforcement.
Future plans for Portland Police Department include hiring five additional officers and starting a Citizen’s Police Academy, with the first objective to be tackling illegal drugs in Portland.
“Like every other city in Sumner County, we have a drug problem that we need to address immediately,” Smith said.
Smith was with Sumner County’s drug task force as an investigator for six years. He was an investigator, assistant director and director before leaving the position to rejoin Portland Police Department as a lieutenant in 1994. Within the department, he was promoted from lieutenant to captain in 1996 and assistant chief in 2002.