Donald Smith’s Record As Sheriff


Professional Leadership

Donald leads by example.  He has a strong work ethic and values working side by side with the deputies, while also leading the Sheriff’s office in his daily responsibilities.  He starts his day each morning by working out with the deputies in the gym, which allows everyone to decompress and build camaraderie. Donald implemented the gym so that the employees would have access 24/7, without having the expense of gym membership. 

Donald ensures that the employees receive the latest training and updates needed to perform their jobs efficiently in an ever changing culture. He believes in being a leader, not a manager making himself accessible to his employees around the clock. The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office has grown together as a team and family over the last 3 years.  When Donald was elected, the employees had been through a challenging Sheriff’s election, missing evidence investigation, and forfeiture of accreditation.  Since elected, Donald has worked tirelessly to overcome these obstacles and move the Sheriff’s office forward in a new and respectable direction. He intentionally works into the evenings, so that deputies on all shifts can easily approach him with questions and concerns they may have. 

Donald and his Administrative Staff have completely re-vamped the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office policies and procedures manual in order to be in compliance with State and Federal laws to move the Sheriff’s office forward in a professional manner.  This will also allow the office to be accredited, which is anticipated to be awarded in July of 2019.

 A working relationship with the Board of Supervisors and County Officials has been of the utmost importance to Donald and to the overall functionality of the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office.  Through this relationship, the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office has received raises for deputies and staff, smart phones, and received funding to add five additional positions to assist with coverage during peak hours. The additional manpower alleviated the stringent workload that the deputies face on a daily basis.  Donald has also worked very hard to establish a good working relationship with the School Board and Superintendent to ensure that the educational institutions throughout Augusta County are secured to protect the communities’ precious students as they learn.  Schools throughout Augusta County are now locked and access is monitored.  They have worked together to change the way faculty and staff inside the schools are trained including active shooter scenarios, which include early detection, prevention, and reaction if something were to happen.


Conservative Fiscal Responsibility to effectively and wisely Use Taxpayer’s Money

Donald consistently creates an annual budget request with an eye towards fiscal responsibility, while achieving goals and needs of the Sheriff’s Office.

Added 5 new positions, with the help of the Board of Supervisors and began updating technological equipment.

14 new Reserve Deputy Positions – New Augusta County Sheriff’s Office Association to help offset the costs for this program.

Utilized Federal JAG Grant and Bullet Proof Vest Grants to offset the financial burden on the citizens of Augusta County by utilizing all available Federal Grant Programs.


Greater Collaboration with Other Agencies

Donald has worked hard to renew and maintain relationships with Local, State, and Federal Law Enforcement, including Airport Police, Animal Control, Woodrow Wilson, Augusta Health Security, Virginia State Police, DEA, FBI, and surrounding localities.

Skyline Drug Task Force was established in 2016.

Donald has an active working relationship with the School Board and Superintendent.

  • Increased security and communication at our schools. Access to Augusta County Public Schools is now monitored and restricted.


Stronger Communication with our Residents, Community, and Business Leaders

Facebook page launched 3/23/16

Improved Interactive Website

Report a Drug Dealer.com

Utilization of reverse 911 calling system

Active working relationship with the Board Of Supervisors and Augusta County Officials

Open Door Policy

Participation in Community Events (see list below)

Annual Donuts with a Deputy Events

Visits schools for presentations and eat lunch with the students

Augusta County Sheriff’s Office Foundation to help offset costs of the Reserve Program

Strengthened communication with citizens by disseminating information via press releases, website and Facebook

Donald is a member of the Augusta County Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Verona Business Association

The Augusta County Sheriff’s office hosts various symposiums to include fraud and SCAM awareness, active shooter awareness and response training, and workplace assessments for vulnerable areas


Improved Readiness to Meet New and Existing Challenges in a Changing World

Active Shooter Training – Community engagement programs to teach the community

New gym in the Augusta County Sheriff Office for employees

Physical Fitness standards for deputies

Medication disposal box in lobby for unused prescription drugs

Established a new Reserve Deputy Division

Operation Chill – 7-11 Slurpee Coupons - Rewards children for positive behavior

Upgraded Project Lifesaver for Dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Autistic members of the community

2 new Canine handlers trained for drug interdiction, apprehension, and tracking

Manpower has been shifted to Patrol Operations and Administrative positions have been streamlined.  Patrol Division manpower has been increased from twenty-eight (28) deputies to thirty-eight (38) deputies.

A new Power Shift of five (5) Patrol deputies has been established to provide the Patrol Division added manpower at peak enforcement and call volume times.

Deputies are now issued smart phones to enhance communication, email, and texting

Departmental duty weapons were upgraded from .45 caliber Glock pistols to new 9mm caliber Glock pistols to save on ammunition costs and provide more rounds per deputy

All Patrol Division vehicles are equipped with Mobile Data Terminals (MDT’s)

Implemented physical fitness testing and drug screening for all potential new hires and existing employees

New Safe Zone for custody exchanges or online sales

Narcan Deployment Program to prevent overdose deaths

Skyline Drug Task Force

Donald Smith takes an extremely aggressive approach to combat the drug trafficking throughout Augusta County.  The patrol deputies, specialized units, and the Skyline Taskforce have received interdiction training to actively target drug dealers and traffickers in our community.  Donald credits the men and women of the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office for following his proactive approach to disrupt the drug market.  Donald’s first year in office resulted in over a 800% increase in arrests and enforcement action.  Below are the Sheriff’s Annual Reports so you can clearly see the unified approach the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office has on drug enforcement.


Skyline Drug Task Force Drugs Seized

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Drug Seizures to date Methamphetamine Marijuana Cocaine Heroin Prescription Drug Fentanyl Marijuana Plants MDMA Psilocybin Imitation Narcotics (1).png

Augusta County Drug Arrests

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52.845 % of the 1775 Augusta County Drug arrests since 2009 have occurred during the Smith Administration. (938 Arrests)


Skyline Drug Task Force Cases




Area Task Force Detectives investigated 23 cases in 2014.

Area Task Force Detectives investigated 25 cases in 2015.

Donald took office January 1, 2016.

The Skyline Taskforce began operation in October of 2016.

In 2016, Detectives investigated 237 cases, which is a 848% increase over their predecessors.

Since the inception of the Skyline Task Force, members have developed close working relationships and a direct line of communication with professionals in Adult Protective Services, Child Protective Services and our local Drug Court. Task Force officers have worked hard at diverting users to Drug Court, while targeting large and mid-level dealers. Task Force officers have also conducted outreach and educational programs.

In 2017, Task Force investigators wrote 191 reports and obtained 63 search warrants and handled 156 Narcotics arrests. Total assets seized exceeded $367,000.00

In 2018, Task Force investigators wrote 140 reports and obtained 49 search warrants and handled 86 Narcotics arrests. Total assets seized were $53,846.00

Skyline Drug Task Force Economic Impact

(Stats do include Waynesboro Police Department as they were members during 2017-2018)

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The Skyline Taskforce currently operates out of the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office in Verona.  Skyline is a Regional Drug Enforcement Taskforce, collective effort by the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office, Staunton Police Department, Nelson County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police.

In addition to the Skyline Taskforce, the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office utilizes specialized training, K9 deputies, and cultivated relationships with the community to minimize the widespread effects of illegal substances.  Donald stands firm for the United States Constitution and holds the deputies to extremely strict standards to balance search and seizure laws while remaining proactive to protect the community he loves from the growing drug epidemic.  

Other Accomplishments


The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is on track to obtain VALEAC re-accreditation in the Summer of 2019.

  • The Augusta County Sheriff’s office has a completely revamped comprehensive Department Policy Manual that is more accessible for deputies and can be accessed in print, on a computer, or on their smart phones for instant access.

In the evidence room

  • Increased oversight by conducting comprehensive annual audits. 

  • Donald has added six (6) surveillance cameras increasing the video surveillance/security in the room by 200% and an alarm system   

  • Professionalized the manner in which items are submitted by the lab.  Submissions are timely (every 2 weeks)

  • Participate in the Attorney General’s SAKI Kit program, ensuring that all rape kits in our evidence room, not previously submitted, have been submitted to DFS for testing.

Constitutional Rights

  • Donald sits on the Virginia Institute Legislative Board of Directors so that he can be involved in legislation and review every bill that comes across the General Assembly to protect your Constitutional rights including the 2nd Amendment. If there is a bill that has anything to do with your gun rights, Donald works hard to kill it before it ever becomes law.

  • Donald is a Constitutional Sheriff and as long as he is your Sheriff, he realizes that your guns, good people with guns, is someone he may one day have to call on. You don’t have to worry about him taking your rights away to bear arms, because he wants you to have them.


Community Events attended or hosted by Augusta County Sheriff Office:


Deputies participated in Wilson High School’s basketball game against the Harlem Wizards to raise money for Hugh K. Cassell Elementary PTA.

Attended various career days at local elementary schools, preschools, and club days at the middle and high schools

Relay for Life – Augusta County – 2016-current year

Turkey Trott – for Valley Children’s Advocacy Center – 2016-current year

Shenandoah Valley Autism Partnership 5K

Kids Matter Day – 2016 – present

Donuts with a Deputy – 3 years (Verona, Stuarts Draft, Fishersville)

Special Olympics Annual Torch Run – 2016-present

Shenandoah Harley Davidson – Run for the Wall  = 2016-present

Numerous visits to schools to eat lunch with the students

Various Community Fireman’s parades for carnivals and Christmas

Kids Fun Day – Sherando United Methodist

Collected donations for West Virginia flood victims

Welcome home events for local children coming home from the hospital

Clymore Elementary Patriots Day/National Anthem Day

Augusta County Fair – 2016-present

McDonough Toyota Operations Kids Safe Day

Guns and Hoses Charity Basketball Game for Camp Light and Valley Children’s Advocacy Center

Clymore Elementary School Safety Patrol

Clymore Elementary School Safety Patrol

National Night Out – 2016-present

Stuarts Draft Rescue Squad’s Camp Help

Parkway Wesleyan Church Community and Friends Day

Walk a Mile in her Shoes/New Directions – 2016-present

Locked up for Muscular Dystrophy Association

Suicide Prevention Out of Darkness Walk at Gypsy Hill Park – 2016 – present

Various Halloween Trunk or Treats throughout the community

Weyers Cave Ruritans Breakfast with Santa – 2016-present

ACSO Escorts Wreaths Across America – 2016-present

Partnered with local organizations to deliver bikes to those in need at Christmas – 2017 & 2018

2018 – First Christmas Video – Twas the Night Before Christmas

Reality Town at Fort Defiance High School

First Responder nights at the local high school football games

Drug Take Back Days

Dog Days at Natural Chimney’s

Night to Shine Prom

Presentations at various civic clubs

Spirit Ride with Kyle’s Towing

Hosted a night at the Staunton Braves and Stuarts Draft Diamondbacks

Buffalo Gap Donkey Basketball Game for FFA and 4H Livestock Judging Team and Fort Defiance High School FFA

Visited Royal Care Assisted Living

Safety Pup

Safety Pup

Special Olympics Annual Torch Run

Special Olympics Annual Torch Run

Christmas Bike Delivery

Christmas Bike Delivery

Donuts With A Deputy

Donuts With A Deputy