Last Tuesday in Albany at the NYS Sheriff’s Association Annual Winter Conference, Sergeant Kim Smith of the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office was awarded the “Carl Draxler Award”. According to the Delaware County Sheriff's Office, this award is given to an employee of the Sheriff’s Office whose exceptional career achievements and conscientious devotion to duty have demonstrated a spirit of selfless public service. It's based on the employee's total career and is named in memory of the late Sheriff of Chemung County, Carl Draxler, who personified the highest qualities and character as criteria for this award.

Sheriff Craig DuMond remarked, “it was my honor and privilege to nominate Sgt. Smith for this well-deserved award. I am very pleased the committee selected Sergeant Smith after reviewing several other qualified nominations…I couldn’t be more proud”.

Sergeant Smith began her career with the Sheriff’s Office as a corrections officer in 1997. She went on to become a Sheriff’s Deputy in 2000, a Corporal in 2015 and Sergeant in 2018. Smith has additionally assumed several rolls of great responsibility to include; Evidence Technician, Evidence Room Supervisor, Field Training Officer, Director of Training as well as Director of the Delaware County Law Enforcement Academy, Director of Public Relations, Deputy Press Information Officer and Agency Accreditation Manager.

Sheriff DuMond concluded, “I cannot overstate my appreciation of Sergeant Smith’s integrity, work ethic, superb demonstrated abilities, and overall devotion to the Sheriff’s Office…I am truly blessed by her contributions”.