The woman serving as interim Pineville and Ward Marshal will run for the full term in November. She took over after the recent sudden death of Marshal Larry Jeane.
Smith had served as chief deputy under both Gus Perry and Jeane. She says those families are supporting her in her campaign.
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The full press release from Sarah Smith’s Campaign is below:
“Marshal Sarah Smith is uniquely qualified to continue as your Pineville City Marshal for Wards 9, 10 and 11. For the past 24 years, she served as Chief Deputy Marshal under Gus Perry and Larry Jeane, whose families whole-heartedly endorse her. She is a long time member of the Louisiana Marshal’s Association. She has been instrumental in making the office what it is today, and looks forward to continuing the proud legacy of those who have served before her.
The City Marshal is the chief administrative officer of the City Court. Sarah’s knowledge and experience in Civil Law and her experience in managing the finances of the Marshal’s office and other governmental entities make her the perfect candidate for the job. In addition to her time in the Marshal’s office, Sarah also worked in the court system as a Court Reporter, Criminal Court Clerk, and Civil Court Clerk. In the early 90s, she assisted in the formation of the Rapides Parish Juvenile Justice System. Sarah is also a past grant writer for the Rapides Parish Children’s Advocacy Center.
Sarah’s commitment to the people she serves extends beyond her official duties. As a resident of Wards 9, 10, and 11 for over 45 years, she knows and loves this community. She graduated from Pineville High School in 1977. She was a past secretary of the Pineville Youth Basketball League, where she also coached. Larry Jeane was well known for his support of academic and athletic programs in our schools, something Sarah actively participated in and is committed to continuing. Under Sarah’s leadership, the Marshal’s office will also continue to support local Senior Citizen’s Centers and the DARE program.
Sarah is married to Jeff Smith, a supervisor at Coca Cola of Alexandria. Her two children, Joey Gross and Cali Gross, are both deputies with the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s office. Sarah is a member of the NRA. She is a devout Christian, a member of First Baptist Church of Pineville.
Pineville City Marshal Sarah Smith looks forward to continuing her service to the community for many years to come.”