Deputy Chief Matt Smith joined the Grand Junction Police Department in 1999 after beginning his law enforcement career at the Cortez Police Department. Deputy Chief Smith is a veteran of the United States Navy and has experience working in or supervising many of the units in the department to include patrol, narcotics, community resource, school resource, professional standards, firearms, SWAT, reality-based training, and patrol tactics.
Deputy Chief Smith is a member of the Colorado Associations of Chiefs of Police, the Police Executive Research Forum, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the FBI National Academy Associates. Deputy Chief Smith holds a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Colorado Technical University and is a graduate of the 271st Session of the FBI National Academy and the 58th session of the Police Executive Research Forums, Senior Management Institute for Police.
Deputy Chief Smith transitioned to the Deputy Chief of Services for the Grand Junction Police Department in early 2022, overseeing the Investigations division, training division, internal affairs office, Records department, and the Property and Evidence lab, as well as the Grand Junction Regional Communication Center.
He currently is serving as the Interim Chief of Police for the Grand Junction Police Department, until a permanent Chief is chosen.