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Ogeechee Tech Creates
Campus Safety Position

Ogeechee Technical College now has a full-time Director of Campus Safety.  The position, which is new to the college, is designed to address general concerns for campus safety, security, and preparedness.  T. Jeff Smith assumed the position of Director of Campus Safety August 1.  He comes to the position following a long career in a number of different public safety areas, including law enforcement, fire and rescue service, and emergency medical service.  Smith’s current certifications include that of certified peace officer and certified paramedic.  Smith also had a long tenure as a volunteer firefighter.

Jeff Smith
Jeff Smith, Director of Campus Safety at Ogeechee Tech

“There are so many concerns in today’s educational environment, with not only general campus security, but also preparedness for environmental and man-made emergencies.  This position takes Ogeechee Tech to the next level of readiness when it comes to protecting our students and employees,” stated Charlene Lamar, Vice President for Student Affairs at Ogeechee Tech.  Smith will be charged with coordinating daily security on campus, while also developing and maintaining plans for preparedness for situations such as weather emergencies, fire, hazardous chemical situations, and evacuation plans for these and other potential hazards. 

The college has previously utilized contracted labor in the form of off-duty Bulloch County Sheriff’s Department deputies for daily security.  The deputies will still be utilized as needed to provide the necessary coverage during the hours the campus is open.  “Having one person with a background such as Jeff’s to coordinate all of our campus safety issues will be much more efficient and should result in a much greater level of protection,” commented Lamar.  “We do want to commend the Sheriff’s Department personnel who have provided service to us for many years,” Lamar concluded.  Commenting on the new position, Smith said, “I am extremely honored to have been selected as the new Director of Campus Safety here at Ogeechee Tech.   The reception I have received from the faculty & staff has been overwhelming.  While there have been very few security/safety incidents here, there is always room for improvement, particularly in the areas of preparation & prevention.  I will be soliciting input from all areas of the college, as well as from the administrators of the various public safety agencies in the surrounding area.”

A native of McRae, Smith has lived in Statesboro since 1982.  He is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Business Administration/Marketing degree, received his initial Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) certification from the Northeast Georgia Police Academy in Athens, his Emergency Medical Technician training at Athens Tech, and his paramedic training through Meadows Memorial Hospital in Vidalia.  He held a first class engineer designation during a 31 year career in fire fighting in McRae and Statesboro.  He has been an auxiliary deputy with the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Department since 1993, a portion of the time serving as a SWAT paramedic.  After working at Bulloch County Emergency Medical Service for 17 years, he worked as a lieutenant, field supervisor, and training officer with MedStar One Ambulance Service in Savannah, Sylvania, and Vidalia for several years.   His work history also includes 12 years of service with the Helena, Georgia Police Department.

Smith is married to the former Rhonda Terrell of Bulloch County, and they have a son, Jeff, who is 12 years old.  He serves as president of the Providers Division of the Georgia Association of Emergency Medical Services, and is a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Nevils, where he is a member of the Sons of the Cross quartet.

Contact: Barry Turner
Executive Director of Public Relations
Phone: (912) 688-6958
Email: bturner@ogeecheetech.edu

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