J.B. managed a big business which also happens to be one of the largest jails in Texas, housing over 1000 prisoners, a department of over 355 personnel, has over 100 vehicles and feeds more than 3,000 meals a day, while overseeing an annual budget of over $27 million. He was featured in front page lead story in the Dallas Morning News. He is a Texas licensed auctioneer.
J.B. was presented with the first ever "Excellence in Community Service" award by the National Chapter of The Daughters of the American Revolution. He serves on 5 Boards of Directors and was co-founder of the East Texas Crisis Center which has become a safe haven for abused women and children.
On his ranch in Smith County, J.B. has raised registered Longhorn cattle. His menagerie contains over 15 horses, wild hogs, ticks, red bugs, armadillos and fire ants.
J.B. Smith was continuously elected Smith County Sheriff since 1976. Sheriff Smith holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Texas and is a graduate of the National F.B.I. Academy. He is a Licensed Forensic Hypnotist. He is past President of the Sheriffs Association of Texas, 2002-2003.