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Introducing Bobby Smith

Raising the Bar for Orange County Sheriff

Bobby Smith, a dedicated resident of Orange County, shares his life with Brandy Musgrove Smith. Brandy, a lifelong Orange County resident, contributes to the community through her work at the Vidor Independent School District. Together, they cherish their family, which includes four children and four grandchildren, all proud residents of Orange County.

Before launching his illustrious career in law enforcement, Smith pursued higher education at McNeese State University, where he earned a football scholarship. During his time on the football field, Smith achieved All-State and All-Southland Conference honors. Following his time at McNeese, Smith joined the ranks of the Texas Department of Public Safety, embarking on a remarkable journey in law enforcement. 


With an impressive 29 years of service, Smith retired honorably, holding the esteemed rank of Texas Ranger Major. His law enforcement journey commenced as a Texas Highway Patrol Trooper in Orange County, where he later ascended to the position of Texas Highway Patrol Sergeant before earning the prestigious title of Texas Ranger. Over the course of 19 years with the Texas Rangers, Smith's dedication propelled him through the ranks, from Lieutenant to Captain, and ultimately to Major. Smith's tenure with the Texas Rangers brought forth numerous professional achievements. 


Notably, Smith stands as the sole Texas Ranger to have received the Distinguished Texas Highway Patrol Chief's Award, recognized for his role in lifesaving missions during Hurricane Harvey. His innovative problem-solving approach facilitated the swift clearance of rising floodwaters within a remarkable 20 hours, a task initially estimated to take 6 to 7 days. 


Smith's expertise led him to the Texas/Mexico border, where he spearheaded and managed tactical operations aimed at combating illegal activities, including public corruption and transnational criminal organizations. His reputation as an expert in criminal investigations and use-of-force matters is widely acknowledged. Additionally, Smith was appointed Chairman of the Board for the Texas Department of Public Safety Use-of-Force Review Board. He proudly holds certifications from the FBI National Academy and Force Science, alongside a Master Peace Officer certificate and Firearms Instructor certification. Smith's commitment to ongoing education is exemplified by the thousands of hours he has dedicated to training through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.

Throughout his illustrious career, Smith has overseen and conducted hundreds of criminal investigations, some of which garnered national attention. His unwavering dedication has earned him numerous commendations and awards, including a prestigious place in the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame & Museum .

Orange County holds a special place in Smith's heart, and he is eager to serve its wonderful residents. If elected as your next Sheriff, Smith commits to "Raising the Bar" for Orange County, elevating the standards of professionalism, integrity, accountability, excellence, and teamwork within our community.

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