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Saturday, November 18, 2017

About Me

Supervisor Jack R. SmithJack was born September 3, 1969 to Ron and Sue Smith, as the youngest of three children. Jack’s parents raised their three children with strong family values and a great work ethic. In Jack’s younger years, his parents struggled to make ends meet; both worked full time to ensure Jack and his siblings never went without the necessities. Although the family had financial struggles, Ron and Sue made sure they raised their children with love and taught them honesty and respect. One special gift Jack received from his family was the gift of singing. The Smith family loved to sing and would sing at church, Christmas gatherings and other family events. At age 10, Jack was asked to sing for several square dancing groups in both California and Arizona. At age twelve Jack’s parents divorced and he chose to live with his father in California, separate from his mother and siblings, who moved to Arizona.

At age sixteen, while attending Granite Hills High School, Jack joined the San Diego County Sheriff Explorers and after two years was promoted to the rank of sergeant. After graduating high school, Jack enlisted in the United States Army and went on active duty January 16, 1989. Upon completion of training Jack served as a military policeman at Camp Red Cloud in Uijungbu City, South Korea. Jack completed his enlistment at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico where he was trained as a member of the Special Reaction Team and was assigned as patrol supervisor and desk sergeant. While at White Sands, he also served as a reserve Deputy Sheriff for the Dona Ana County Sheriff’s office in Las Cruces, New Mexico. During Jack’s time in the United States Army he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, two Army Achievement Medals and the Good Conduct Medal. Jack was honorably discharged at the end of his enlistment on January 16, 1993.

After completing his tour in the United States Army, Jack moved to Gilbert Arizona where he was hired by the Pepsi Bottling Group. Jack quickly moved up in the company ending up as a Warehouse and Logistics Supervisor. Due to Jack’s exemplary work ethic, he received many awards for outstanding service to Pepsi in quality and productivity. Jack resigned from Pepsi after nearly fourteen years of service to pursue other ventures. Jack was a deacon at the Brotherhood of Man - Desert Chapel (non-denominational church) in Scottsdale Arizona for five years before being ordained in 1998.

In 2007, Jack was recruited by Ace Hardware Retail Support Center and asked to join their team as the Transportation Manager in Prescott Valley, Arizona. Jack quickly accepted and fell in love with the Prescott area. Jack’s duties placed him in charge of routing trucks for over 300 stores in 5 different states, and managing multi-million dollar budgets for one of the largest distribution centers in Yavapai County. Ace Hardware Retail Support Center’s budget also includes allocation of funds to support purchase of fuel, maintenance agreements with outside vendors, employee payroll and various contracted services.

It is in Prescott Valley that Jack met and married his wonderful wife, Diane and began his own family. In 2009 Jack and Diane were married and Jack became a wonderful father to Diane’s son Trace. In 2010, God blessed Jack and Diane with the birth of Zackary. Jack makes God, church and family his top priorities, and is great at showing love to all three. Jack and his family have always supported the local community. Diane is a co-owner of a local small business and their children attend Basis Prescott. Trace and Zack are involved with the community sports and Trace is a Boy Scout.

Jack has always been excited about making a difference in his community through cooperation, mutual respect and listening to the input of others. In early 2011 through 2012 Jack was a member and later vice chair of the Prescott Valley Planning and Zoning Commission. In November 2012 Jack was honored to be elected Yavapai County Supervisor representing District 5.

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