Clay Smith, County Fire Chief
County Fire Chief Clay Smith began his career in the fire service in 1978 as a Paid Call Firefighter at the Exeter fire station, which was operated upon a contractual agreement with Tulare County Fire Department. In 1981, Chief Smith began working for Kings County Fire Department as a full time Fire Apparatus Engineer, and later promoted to Fire Captain in 2000. Kings County Fire Department promoted Chief Smith to Battalion Chief in 2003, where he served as Operations Battalion Chief, in addition to Training Battalion Chief. During the year of 2013, Chief Smith was hired as a Support Services Division Chief with the Tulare County Fire Department. Chief Smith served as a Terrorism Liaison Officer for Tulare County Fire Department and has earned his State Fire Marshal certification as a Fire Officer and Fire Instructor. Chief Smith holds a teaching credential with the State of California, as well. In 2016, Chief Smith found his way back to Kings County Fire Department as the County Fire Chief and Assistant Emergency Services Director. Chief Smith plans to carry out the Kings County Fire Department mission by providing swift, proficient, and cost-effective fire protection and life safety services to the County of Kings.