The Chester County Sheriff’s Office welcomed a new deputy sheriff recently.
Chester County Sheriff Carolyn Bunny Welsh administered the oath to Deputy Sheriff Darren L. Smith on Monday, Sept. 30, 2019. Smith was accompanied by his mother and sister, who traveled two hours from northern New Jersey to attend. A native of Bergen County in New Jersey, Smith said the occasion marked the successful completion of a quest that began about three years ago.
Smith graduated from Paramus (N.J.) High School and went on to earn a degree in communications from Ramapo College of New Jersey. He said he held a diverse array of jobs, but the one that brought him the most fulfillment was serving as a police reserve officer in his hometown. Smith moved to Chester County in 2016. By then, he was committed to pursuing a full-time career in law enforcement and enrolled in Delaware County’s Police Academy.
At the academy, he bonded with two women who shared his passion for police work. The two happened to work at the Chester County Sheriff’s Office as security officers, an experience that had inspired them to attend the academy. During the Police Academy graduation ceremony, Smith saw Welsh hand diplomas to now-Deputy Sheriff Marjorie Gonzalez and Deputy Sheriff Deborah Holmes. With their blessing, he would follow in their footsteps.
Smith said he is eager to explore the many opportunities the Sheriff’s Office offers, particularly its community outreach programs. When he’s not working, he said he will likely be pursuing something sports-related, playing the guitar or hanging out with friends and family. A former ice hockey player, Smith also enjoys working out. And when he’s not participating in his own activities, he’s an avid fan, especially of college football and basketball and pro football and hockey.
The swearing-in ceremony, held in Courtroom 3 of the Chester County Justice Center, included an invocation from retired Captain Joseph Carbo and opening and closing songs by former Lt. Eileen Law Stewart. Chief Deputy Jason Suydam and Welsh both made introductory remarks.
“We are very pleased to welcome Deputy Smith into the Sheriff’s Office,” said Welsh. “He is an outstanding young man who has a passion for law enforcement and a true commitment to serve.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Deputy Sheriff Darren L. Smith (center) is joined by Lt. Adam Sibley (from left), Sheriff Carolyn Bunny Welsh, Chief Deputy Jason Suydam, and Lt. Kurt Hansen.