Donald L. Smith was born and raised in Augusta County, Virginia. He graduated with honors from Fort Defiance High School in 2001, and during his free time in school, he participated in the Augusta County Sheriff's Office Ride-Along Program where he shadowed the deputies and learned about their responsibilities. That experience had a tremendous impact and inspired him to pursue a career in public service where he could serve and protect the citizens of Augusta County.
In 2003, Donald graduated Magna Cum Laude from Blue Ridge Community College with an Associate Degree in Applied Sciences with a Major in Administration of Justice. In the same year, he also graduated from the Police Academy and was hired as a patrol deputy for the Augusta County Sheriff's Office. He returned to college and earned his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree from Liberty University.
For the past 11 years, Donald has been faithfully serving the community and moving up the leadership ranks within the Sheriff's Office, due to hard work and motivation. He became a Firearms Instructor in 2005 and was assigned to the SWAT team as an operator. He became a Master Deputy in 2006 and because of his leadership and hard work, was the youngest deputy ever in Augusta County to earn the title of Assistant SWAT Commander in 2009, which he still holds. He is also the only Certified Explosive Breacher in Augusta County and manages all of these responsibilities while working shift work as a Patrol Deputy.
During his career, Donald has been recognized for his outstanding service and leadership. In 2008, Sheriff Randy Fisher awarded Smith, "Deputy of the Year". He was the first recipient of that honor. In 2009, he was nominated for the "America's Most Wanted" television program All Star of the Year Award. He has since received three Supervisor Commendations and received the Sheriff's Commendation Award in 2014. He has played a crucial role in solving numerous investigations throughout his career and is a mentor and leader for other deputies.
Outside of his law enforcement duties, Donald enjoys farming and spending time with his family. He grew up working on a beef and dairy farm and has continued his family tradition of raising beef cattle. He also believes it is paramount to remain physically fit for his profession and does so by doing CrossFit with several members of the Augusta County SWAT Team. He is a member of Verona United Methodist Church and enjoys time spent with his church family.