Protecting Our Community

Sheriff Smith will continue to take a proactive approach on policing and have deputies respond to fully investigate residential burglaries, robberies, auto-thefts and all types of crimes.  As an experienced law enforcement leader, the Sheriff has expanded partnerships to better serve our community with a focus on directed enforcement and crime prevention.  

Promoting Accountability and Integrity

As Sheriff of Santa Clara County, Laurie Smith has set accountability as a priority. Those who enter the law enforcement profession are called upon to hold themselves to the highest standard of trust and integrity.  Sheriff Smith will continue to exemplify personal integrity and maintain strict accountability for the 2,025 employees she leads at the Sheriff’s Office. 

Advocating for Victims

Under Sheriff Smith’s leadership, the Sheriff’s Office has prioritized justice for victims.  The Sheriff will continue to aggressively pursue sexual assault, human trafficking and domestic violence cases. Violent crimes such as murder, rape, and assault will receive all investigative resources necessary to ensure justice as well as closure and support for victims and their families. 

Safeguarding our Most Vulnerable

Santa Clara County is a diverse community faced with many issues.  Sheriff Smith has partnered with our schools to ensure schools are a safe and protected space for learning.  The Sheriff has also implemented specialized units dedicated to protecting our community from hate crimes and victims of Human Trafficking.  The Sheriff’s Office leads the nation in instituting an Immigration Fraud Unit to arrest those who prey on immigrant victims. She remains a recognized leader in the advocacy of women’s rights.

Addressing Mental Health Issues and Homelessness

Sheriff Smith has long been an advocate for our Mobile Mental Health teams. Additionally, the Sheriff will ensure that a clinician is partnered with a patrol deputy to respond to calls for service.  This will provide additional services in moments of crisis and avoid the criminalization of mental health issues.  The Sheriff will continue to implement Jail Reforms to provide re-entry services to inmates while they are incarcerated so they can integrate back into society while avoiding homelessness and further crime. 



Sheriff Laurie Smith is proud to be supported by an ever growing group of prominent individuals and organizations


Cupertino Chamber of Commerce
Korean Reporters United
Silicon Valley Chinese American Computer and Commerce Association
Silicon Valley Chinese Association
Silicon Valley Chinese Technology & Business Association
Taiwanese American Chamber of Commerce, Northern California
Asian Americans for Good Government PAC
BAYMEC (Bay Area Municipal Elections Committee)
Friends of La Raza Roundtable PAC
Korean American Youth Leadership Program
Korean Amateur Sports Association of Silicon Valley
Santa Clara County Korean-American Chamber of Commerce

Elected Officials

U.S. Congress
Honorable Mike Honda (ret)

State of California
Honorable Betty Yee – State Controller
Honorable Fiona Ma – Member, Board of Equalization
Honorable Jerry Hill – Senator
Honorable Bob Wieckowski – Senator
Honorable Kansen Chu – Assemblymember
Ralph Diaz – Secretary, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Honorable Nora Campos (ret) – Assembly Member
Honorable Jim Cunneen (ret) – Assemblymember
Honorable Paul Fong (ret) – Assemblymember
Honorable Dan McCorquoadale (ret) – Senator

County of Santa Clara
Honorable Cindy Chavez – County Supervisor
Honorable Dave Cortese – County Supervisor
Honorable Ken Yeager – County Supervisor
Honorable Mike Wasserman – County Supervisor
Honorable Rod Diridon Sr. (ret) – County Supervisor
Honorable Don Gage (ret) – County Supervisor
Honorable Dan McCorquoadale (ret) – County Supervisor
Honorable Pete McHugh (ret) – County Supervisor
Honorable Susanne Wilson (ret) – County Supervisor

City of Campbell
Honorable Paul Resnikoff – Mayor

Honorable Liz Gibbons – Councilmember
Honorable Rich Waterman – Councilmember
Honorable Jason Baker (ret) – Mayor

City of Cupertino
Honorable Darcy Paul – Mayor
Honorable Rod Sinks – Vice Mayor
Honorable Barry Chang – Council Member
Honorable Savita Vaidhyanathan – Council Member
Honorable Sandy James (ret) – Mayor
Honorable Patrick Kwok (ret) – Mayor
Honorable Dolly Sandoval (ret) – Mayor
Honorable Kris Wang (ret) – Mayor

City of Gilroy
Honorable Roland Velasco – Mayor
Honorable Peter Leroe-Munoz – Councilmember
Honorable Don Gage (ret) – Mayor

Town of Los Altos Hills
Honorable John Radford – Mayor
Honorable Roger Spreen – Mayor Pro Tem
Honorable Courtenay Corrigan – Council Member
Honorable Gary Waldeck – Council Member
Honorable Michelle Wu – Council Member
Honorable John Harpootlian (ret) – Mayor

Town of Los Gatos
Honorable Steven Leonardis – Vice Mayor
Honorable Marico Sayoc – Council Member
Honorable Joe Pirzynski (ret) – Mayor

City of Milpitas
Honorable Rich Tran – Mayor
Honorable Marsha Grilli – Vice Mayor
Honorable Bob Nunez – Council Member
Honorable Anthony Phan – Council Member
Honorable Jose Estevez (ret) – Mayor
Honorable Bob Livengood (ret) – Mayor
Honorable Pete McHugh (ret) – Mayor

City of Monte Sereno
Honorable Burton Craig – Mayor

City of Morgan Hill
Honorable Rich Constantine – Council Member

City of Mountain View
Honorable John McAlister – Council Member

City of San Jose

Honorable Magdalena Carrasco – Vice Mayor
Honorable Sergio Jimenez – Council Member
Honorable Chappie Jones – Council Member
Honorable Tam Nguyen – Council Member

City of Santa Clara
Honorable Lisa Gillmor – Mayor
Honorable Debi Davis – Council Member
Honorable Pat Kolstad – Council Member
Honorable Gary Gillmor (ret) – Mayor
Honorable Rod Diridon Jr. (ret) – City Clerk

City of Saratoga
Honorable Mary-Lynne Bernald – Mayor
Honorable Manny Cappello – Vice Mayor
Honorable Emily Lo – Council Member
Honorable Aileen Kao (ret) – Mayor
Honorable Anne Marie Burger (ret) – Mayor
Honorable Kathleen King (ret) – Mayor
Honorable Chuck Page (ret) – Mayor

City of Sunnyvale
Honorable Glenn Hendricks – Mayor
Honorable Gustav Larsson – Council Member
Honorable Russ Melton – Council Member
Honorable Julia Miller – (ret) Mayor
Honorable Tara Martin-Milius (ret) – Vice Mayor
Honorable Jim Davis (ret) – Council Member

Santa Clara Valley Water District
Honorable Tony Estremera – Santa Clara Valley Water District Board Member
Honorable Gary Kremen – Santa Clara Valley Water District Board Member
Honorable Richard Santos – Santa Clara Valley Water District Board Member
Honorable John Varela – Santa Clara Valley Water District Board Member

City of Belmont
Honorable Douglas Kim – Mayor

City of Fremont
Honorable Lily Mei – Mayor
Honorable David P. Bonaccorsi – Council Member
Honorable Rick Jones – Council Member
Honorable Raj Salwan – Council Member

Santa Clara County Board of Education
Honorable Rosemary Kamei – County Board of Education Board President
Honorable Anna Song – County Board of Education Board Vice President
Honorable Darcie Green – County Board of Education Board Member
Honorable Kathleen King – County Board of Education Board Member


Bradley Davis – West Valley College President
Honorable Jim Canova – Santa Clara Unified School District Board of Trustees
Honorable Teresa Cox – Vice-Chair, Ohlone Community College Board of Trustees
Honorable Sophia Kao – Board Member, Saratoga Union School District
Honorable Anjali Kausar – Board Member, Cupertino Union School District Board of Trustees
Honorable Anne Kepner – West Valley – Mission College Board of Trustees
Honorable Van T. Le – East Side Union High School District Board of Trustees
Honorable Kristen Lyn – Vice President, Cupertino Union School District Board of Trustees
Honorable Craig Mann – Governing Board Member, San Jose-Evergreen Community College District
Honorable Jodi Muirhead – Santa Clara Unified School District Board of Trustees
Honoable Laura A. Perry – Gavilan College Board of Trustees
Honorable Andres Quintero – Alum Rock School District Board of Trustees
Katherine Tseng, Vice President, Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High School District
Honorable Robert Varich – Board Member, Moreland School District
Honorable Hung Wei – Fremont Union High School District Board of Trustees
Honorable Leila Welch – Governing Board Member, Evergreen Elementary School District
Honorable Gilbert Wong – Foothill De Anza College Board of Trustees


Honorable Julia Miller – El Camino Healthcare District, Vice Chair and El Camino Hospital Director

Employee Organizations

South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council
Santa Clara County Correctional Peace Officers’ Association (CPOA)
Santa Clara County Firefighters IAFF Local 116
County Employees Management Association (CEMA)
East Side Teachers Association
Operating Engineers Local 3
SEIU (Service Employees International Union) Local 521
United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 5
UA Local Union 393, Plumbers, Steamfitters, and HVAC/R Service Technicians

Law Enforcement Officials

Alameda County Sheriff Gregory J. Ahern
Amador County Sheriff Martin Ryan
Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea
Contra Costa County Sheriff David Livingston
Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims
Glenn County Sheriff Richard Warren Jr.
Humboldt County Sheriff William Honsal
Imperial County Sheriff Raymond Loera
Inyo County Sheriff Bill Lutze
Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood
Kings County Sheriff David S. Robinson
Lake County Sheriff Brian L. Martin
Lassen County Sheriff Dean Growdon
Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell
Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies
Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman
Monterey County Sheriff Steve Bernal
Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal
Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens
San Benito County Sheriff Darren Thompson
San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon
San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore
San Joaquin County Sheriff Steve Moore
San Jose Police Chief (ret) Louis Cobarruviaz
San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson
Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown
Santa Clara Police Chief Mike Sellers
Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko
Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon E. Lopey
Solano County Sheriff Thomas Ferrara
Sonoma County Sheriff Rob Giordano
Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson
Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean

Campaign Supporters - Community

Active Sign, Inc.
Aria Technologies
Big Tree BBQ
Boccardo Management Group
Boiling Fish, Inc.
Boyce Associates
California Door and Drawer Inc.
California Kitchen Cabinet Door Corporation
CIC Tech
Concord Han-Kook Market
Cybercsi, Inc
DB HiTek USA, Inc.
E. Hoffman Enterprises, INC
Mr. Ernie Kraule (ret) – Saratoga Fire District Fire Chief
East Side Teachers PAC
Elim Investment Company
Eunice Lee dba Saegro Education
Greeline Supplies and Services
Hill View Packing Company
IBEW 332
Interactive Education Inc
IPM Management
Jin’s Bakery & Coffee
Joe LaJeunesse – Former Santa Clara County Sheriff Candidate (2018) 
JP DiNapoli Companies Inc.
Jumping Dak, Inc.
Jung Suwon Martial Art Academy
Korea Ginseng CTR. No. Cal. Inc
Kyoung & Jin Food, Inc.
L.C. Action Police Supply
L&D Development Inc.
La Foret Restaurant
Law Offices of Christopher Schumb
Law Offices of Holden Green
Law Offices of Richard Roggia
Lighthouse Worldwide Solutions
Lotus Glass, Inc.
Magic Management
Main Street Cupertino Retail Property, LLC
Mama Mia’s, Inc.
Messina LLC
MHS Supply Corp
Mid-State Electric
Mizu Bar and Grill
NAI Investments LLC
New Vinh Thanh Jewlery
Notebooks.Com, Inc
Pacific Food Company Inc
Palo Alto Martial Arts
Paul Law Group
Phillip A. Murray Construction Inc.
Premier Recycle Company
RDN Solutions Corporation
Regency Property Maintenance
Saegaero Education
San Jose Hardwood Floors Carpet & Vinyl, Inc.
San Jose Giants
Santa Clara County Correctional Peace Officers’ Association
SC Shredder, Inc.
Simoncini & Associates Attorneys at Law
Taiwanese and Chinese American Athletic
The Dwnell Fern Testa Trust
The Motor Cafe
The Square Shopping Center
TK Construction
Towman LLC
Vallco Property Owner, LLC
Walter Hammon Law Office
Walter Pierce Hammon Law Offices
Western States Oil
Willow Glen Pizza Factory

Campaign Supporters - Individuals

Gima Aboukhater
Gina Abrose
Kyung Ahn
Simon Ahn, MD
Young H. Ahn
Mahmut Altun
Juve Alves
Phillip An
Michelle Asban
Jeremy Bargmann
Nabil Batmani
Troy Beliveau
Robert Bettencourt
Clyde J. Berg
Aman Bhella
Kenneth Binder
Ronald Blake
Brenna Bolger
Julia Bonino
William Boring
Don Bottomley
Eric Bourassa
Shawn Bourdet
Robert Brownstein
Ann Marie Burger
Kevin Campbell
Jose Cardoza
Innocente Carrasco
Jun Carson
Joseph Caso
Jesse Castaneda
Shannon Catalano
Harpreet Chada
Holly Chamberlain
Willie Chan
Ning-Yuan Chang
Kou-Hua Chao
Kevin Chao
Sophia Chen
Chinn Chin
Heejung Cho
Jin Sook Cho
Sook Choi
Sung A Choi
Joseph Choi
Kyung Choi
Meng Kam Chong
Justin Christian
W.A. Christopher
Vicky Chu, Santa Clara County Hsinchu, Taiwan Sister-County Commission Chair
John Chung
Seung D Chung
Danny Cimino
Steven Clark
Henry Coletto
Reginald Cooks, Jr.
Patrick Corso
Noe Cortez
Michelle Covarrubias
Charles Crowell, Jr. 
Don G. Dardanelli
Don Dardnellie
Michelle Dauber
Susan Davis
Timothy Davis
Kevan Del Grande
Vic Delacruz, Jr.
Charles Dimick
Richard C. Dinapoli
David A. Dickens
John Domingue
Michael Doty
Thomas Duran
Robert Durr
Susan Durr
Nancy Ebert
Stephen Emami
Ivonne Estrada
Dwnell F. Testa
Michael Fell
Tony Fernandez
Joseph Ferrara
Gary Filizetti
Mike Ford
Mary Ellen Fox
Michael Fox Sr.
Michael E. Fox. Jr.
Shawn Francis
John Frey
Bruce Friesen
Consuelo Gallardo
Juan Gallardo
Nestor Gellegani
Matthew Gilani
Gurpreet Gill
Vlad Gorshteyn
Brent Graham
Laura Graham
Stanley Graham
James Green
Christopher Grumbos
Daniel Guarascio
Rebecca Haggerty
Jayne Ham
Sandra Harker
Tim Harris
Karen Heart
James Helms
Kathi Helms
Monica Helms
Ben Hemeon
Glenn Hendricks
Steven Hernandez
Jean Ho
Dr. Gloria Hom
Esther M. Hong
JYH Horng
Limin Hu
Andy Huang, Cupertino Public Safety Commission Chair
Chelina Hwang
Grace Hyun
Kwui In Hwang
Sandy James
James Jensen
Leslie Jensen
Kyle Johnstone
Jeremy Jones
Andrea Kendrick
Todd Kendrick
Donald Khowong
Eun Kim
Gyuri Kim
Kyung Ae Kim
Sarah Alex Kim
Seon S. Kim
So Hyung Kim
Dr. Tae Yun Kim
Kathleen King
Sherrel Kirk
James Kirkland
Robert Knezevich
Ernest Konnyu
Hsing Hsien Kung
Patrick Kwok
Nancy Lam
Gustav Larsson
Michael Lashen
David Lazares
Amy Le
Annie Le
Frank Leamy
Eunice Lee
Jae Nam Lee
Janet Lee
Kyung Lee
Minchul Lee
Richard Lee
Sherley Lee
Sung Lee
Unju Lee
Young Lee
Roy Leonard
Kico Lin
Steven Lopes
Patrick Love
Jean Chain Lu
Meri Maben
Peter MacGuire
Joseph Maglione
Chris Malachowsky
James McDonald
Paula McGuinness
Joseph McGuinness
April McHugh
Andrew McNelly
Douglas McNelly
Margaret McNelly
Susan McNelly
Marty Middleton
Michael Milbank
Patrick Milbank
Pauline Millar, Ph. D
Julia Miller
Tom Mitchell
John Montalvo
Gilchun Moon
Carl Neusel
Paul Newman
Liz Nyberg
Charles Olson
Brendan T. Omori
Saratoga Parks Commissioner Renee Paquier
Jonathan Palmer
Mark Pappas
Yong Park
Bryan Peretti
Brandon Perez
Vincent Poon
Duffy Price
Thomas Quilty
John Quinn
Julian Quinonez
Nuno Ribiero
Elbert L. Rivera, Jr.
Dalia Rodriguez
Daniel Rodriguez
Mark Roggia
Rita M. Roland
Mark Rosenzweig
Tina Royce
Ray Russo, Jr.
Scott Henry Salton
Thomas Saunders
Christopher Schumb
Denise J. Sellers
Clifford J. Stanley
David Sepulveda
Daniel Shafazand
Ray Shafazand
Tracy Lynn Simon
Ron Slusher
Garry Sneper
Michael Sneper
Alvin Sojourner
Erika Sommers
Haeng Son Lee
Yeong Ae Song
Kevin Stockam
Clarence C. Stone
Jerry Strangis
Lu Sun
Rick Sung
Katie Sung
Eric Taylor
Dennis R. Teifeld
Quang Tran
Cathy Tsang
Ricardo Urena
Andrea Urena
Bernie Vogel
Juliane Vuong
Gary Waldeck
Vivian Wang
Wenda Wang
Hung Wei
Hope Winter
Dan Winter
J. M. Witkin
Sung Won Jun
Gue Won Lee
Chii Wong
David Yamasaki, Orange County Superior Court CEO & former Santa Clara County Superior Court CEO
Sherry Yang
Jin H Yi
Yong Yi
C. C. Yin
Hi Yun
Joseph Ziegler
Linda Ziegler


Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith

Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith is a native of Michigan where she lived until completion of high school. In 1969 she relocated to San Jose, California to pursue higher education and begin her law enforcement career. Sheriff Smith has spent her entire professional career with the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office.

While still an undergraduate, she began her public service career in 1973 when she was sworn in as a Deputy Sheriff Matron, then the only full peace officer status position available to women. Until 1976, female sworn staff received the same basic police training as their male counterparts, but were only allowed to work in non-enforcement capacities. She was one of the first female deputies to perform patrol and undercover functions.

Laurie Smith graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Administration of Justice, and later received her Master’s Degree in Management from California Polytechnic University, Pomona. She is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the State of California Command College, the FBI National Executive Institute and the American Leadership Forum – Silicon Valley. She is currently a Master’s candidate at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

On December 15, 1998, Laurie Smith was elected to serve as Santa Clara County’s 28th Sheriff since the Office’s inception in 1850.  The first female Sheriff in California’s history, she has been consistently chosen for re-election through four additional terms to serve Santa Clara County’s 2 million residents.

Laurie Smith has received numerous honors and awards for her public service, and has an outstanding record in the California law enforcement community. She is a past-president of the California State Sheriffs’ Association and is a past Woman of the Year recipient by the California State Assembly.



Sheriff Laurie Smith has been active in a number of professional and law enforcement organizations including the following

Asset Forfeiture Fund Oversight Committee
Cal-ID Remote Access Network (RAN) Policy Board
California State Sheriffs’ Association
California Peace Officers’ Association
Community Corrections Partnership Committee
Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Steering Committee
Juvenile Justice Systems Collaborative
Major County Sheriffs’ Association
Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force
National Criminal Justice Association
Police Futurists International and the National Sheriffs’ Association
Public Safety and Justice Committee
Race Equality in Justice Systems Workgroup
Re-Entry Network
Rotary Club of San Jose
Santa Clara County Police Chiefs’ Association
Valley Medical Center Foundation

Additionally, she has been appointed and has served on the State of California, Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (appointed by Governor Davis, Governor Schwarzenegger and Governor Brown); the Speaker’s Commission on Police Conduct; the Office of the Attorney General, Blue Ribbon Commission on SWAT Practices and Policies; the Silicon Valley Regional Interoperability Authority; the Santa Clara County Police Chiefs’ Association (Past President); and the Emergency Response Training Advisory Committee. Within Santa Clara County, she has been appointed and served on the Domestic Violence Council, Disaster Preparedness Executive Committee, Jail Diversion and Behavioral Health Subcommittee, the Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council, the Anti-Terrorism Approval Authority, the Human Trafficking Commission, and the newly formed Emergency Operational Area Council. She has also served on the Administration of Justice Advisory Board for De Anza College and the University of San Francisco.


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