SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) -- Grayson County Special Prosecutor Brett Smith announced on Friday his intention to seek the position of District Attorney in the event of a vacancy.
“This week’s announcement of Joe Brown’s nomination for United States Attorney Eastern District of Texas is a source of great pride for me and our entire community," Smith said. "I have had the privilege of working for Joe for the past 15 years and I appreciate the trust and responsibility he has placed in me as Special Prosecutor. Throughout his tenure as District Attorney, Joe has led the office with distinction and his anticipated departure is certainly bittersweet for those of us who work with him on a daily basis."
All nominations for United States Attorney positions are subject to Senate confirmation and the time frame for final approval is undetermined.
“I know that the person who follows in Joe’s footsteps has big shoes to fill, but I am ready for the challenge when the vacancy occurs,” said Smith. “The District Attorney is trusted by law with the ultimate discretion to prosecute and to not prosecute. The maturity to properly exercise this discretion is the most important attribute of a District Attorney,” he said.
Smith has served as Special Prosecutor for the Grayson County District Attorney’s Office for 15 years.
In this role, Smith has been vested with the responsibility of prosecuting cases in all 3 district courts. He also serves as the lead juvenile prosecutor and has been vested with the responsibility of prosecuting significant white-collar crime cases for the office.
As part of the Jail Reduction Special Prosecution Team, Smith and others were able to reduce the number of Grayson County jail inmates being housed out of county, saving the taxpayers millions of dollars.
“My experience handling a broad range of complex and felony matters has prepared me to serve effectively in the lead role of District Attorney,” said Smith. "The District Attorney must not only make life and death decisions on court cases, they must also be able to properly manage taxpayer resources in order to efficiently administer justice.”
Prior to serving as Special Prosecutor for the Grayson County District Attorney’s Office, Smith worked in law enforcement. He served as a criminal investigator with the United States Treasury where he became a distinguished graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Academy.
Smith is also an experienced martial arts enthusiast. Smith has earned 8 Texas State titles in full contact martial arts, including a silver medal in the Texas Police Olympics. He also earned a Collegiate National Championship Medal and competed in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials. Smith also holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
“Brett Smith is a work horse, not a show horse. His disciplined, dedicated, no nonsense leadership is exactly what we need. He is a leader we can all trust with the awesome responsibility of serving as District Attorney," said former Grayson County Judge Drue Bynum.
Bynum is serving as Smith’s campaign treasurer.
Smith, a native Texan, is a graduate of St. Edward’s University and earned his law degree from Texas A&M University School of Law, (formerly Texas Wesleyan School of Law).
Smith is an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Sherman and volunteers in his community.