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Rick Earl Smith

Rick Earl Smith, American law enforcement officer. Certified forensic examiner Institute Applied Science, Chicago, 1970, fingerprint comparison expert North Carolina Department Justice.

Background

  • Smith, Rick Earl was born on December 28, 1951 in Gastonia, North Carolina, United States. Son of Harold Parks and Minnie (Forbes) Smith.

  • Education

    • Certified forensic examiner, Institute Applied Science, Chicago, 1970. Certified basic law enforcement instructor, North Carolina Justice Academy, Salemburg, 1980. Certified fingerprint examiner, North Carolina State Bureau Investigation, Raleigh, 1988.

    Career

    • Dispatcher/chief cadet Chapel Hill (North Carolina) Police Department, 1967-1970, chief identification bureau, 1970-1972, police/public safety officer, 1972-1987. Investigator/major crime manager Orange County Sheriff' General’ s Office, Hillsborough, North Carolina, 1987-1997, retired, 1997. Special deputy United States marshal Court Security, Durham, North Carolina, since 1998.

      Instructor law enforcement training North Carolina Justice Academy, Salemburg, North Carolina, 1980-1994. Breathalyzer operator/supervisor North Carolina Department Human Resources, Raleigh, 1981-1995. Expert witness fingerprint evidence, since 1991.

      Research investigator/consultant Orange County Sheriff' General’ s Office, since 1997.

    Major achievements

    • Certified forensic examiner Institute Applied Science, Chicago, 1970, fingerprint comparison expert North Carolina Department Justice.

    Works

    • Author: (book of poetry) Poetic Pig, 1973.

    Politics

    Our justification before God is based on faith in Christ alone and not in our ethnicity.

    Party affiliation: Democrat

    Religion

    Baptism, an act of full immersion following Christ’s example, is undertaken by those spiritually mature enough to understand its profound, symbolic significance: resurrection to new life in Christ.

    Denomination: Baptist

    Views

    The family is the basic human community through which persons are nurtured and sustained in mutual love, responsibility, respect, and fidelity.

    Membership

    Member Governor's Crime Commission, Raleigh, 1977-1980. Co-chairman/advisor Edmiston North Carolina Governor Campaign Orange County/Raleigh, 1980. Co-chairman Orange County Jim Hunt for Governor campaign, 1978.

    Campaign manager/speechwriter Orange County Pendergrass for Sheriff campaign, 1982-1999. Fellow Fingerprint Society of London, England. Member North Carolina Forensic Association (co-founder, president 1991-1992), Orange County Fraternal Order of Police (founder, president 1989-1990), Sons of Confederate Veterans, Masons.

    Personality

    Interests

    Politics and government, reading, writing.

    Connections

    • Married Faye Taylor, July 25, 1986 (divorced July 6, 1996). 1 child, Christopher Taylor Smith. Married Libby Layman, August 31, 1996.
    • father: Harold Parks Smith
    • mother: Minnie (Forbes) Smith
    • spouses: Faye Taylor
    • Libby Layman
    • child: Christopher Taylor Smith
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    Born December 28, 1951
    (age 65)
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