Chief Audrey Smith 

(Department of Youth Services)

In 1988, Audrey R. Smith began her law enforcement career with the Tallahassee Police Department (TPD) as a Police Officer. Prior to promotion to the rank of Sergeant in 1996, she worked Uniform Patrol, became a certified Crime Prevention Practitioner, investigated property and burglary crimes, and supervised the new Financial Crimes Unit. She also served as the agency’s accreditation manager and was designated as team leader/assessor for the Florida Commission for Law Enforcement Accreditation.

Smith was promoted to Lieutenant in 2010 and served as Watch Commander in Patrol and the Assistant Division Commander in Criminal Investigations. She served as Captain of the Special Operations Division from 2011 to 2014. In 2014, Audrey was sworn in as the first African-American female Major with TPD. She became the conduit for the implementation and facilitation of the Mayor’s “Operation Safe Neighborhoods” initiative. Smith’s stellar, awards-filled career at TPD included implementing numerous innovative programs and initiatives. She retired from the TPD after 29 years of dedicated service on January 2, 2017.

On January 3, 2017, Audrey was sworn in as a newly appointed Chief with Leon County Sheriff’s Office where she leads the Department of Youth Services.

Chief Smith earned two post-secondary degrees from Florida A & M University, received a Certified Public Manager’s designation from Florida State University, and attended numerous law enforcement trainings including FDLE’s Executive Leadership Seminar.

Smith actively serves the community through membership with the Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, the North Florida Chapter of NOBLE, Mamie J. Strong Order of Calanthe, and other community organizations. She serves on the Executive Board and Financial Committee of the Delta Kappa Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. The youngest of seven children, Audrey is the proud mother of Larrynnee and Justus and grandmother of Londyn and Lairsyn.