Laurie Smith is the Sherriff of Santa Clara County, CA, and is the first female County Sheriff in the history of California She began her career at the Sheriff's Office in 1973 as a Matron in the county jail. She then became the first female permanent undercover vice cop. She then served as commander over the jails In 1990 she was promoted to Assistant Sheriff and was elected to Sheriff of Santa Clara County in 1998. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Administration of Justice from San Jose State University and a Master's Degree in Business Management from California Polytechnic University, Pomona. She is a graduate of the California Command College and of the FBI Academy.