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Smith County Employee Recognitions

Two employees were recognized in Commissioners Court Tuesday, June 30, for their 20 years of service to Smith County.

“It is an honor for me to recognize Charley Miller for 20 years of service to the Road and Bridge Department,” County Engineer Frank Davis said. “I rely a lot on Charley and I have a lot of confidence in him and his decisions he makes for the county.”

He was hired as a part-time laborer on June 5, 2000. He immediately was sent to “jail school” to become a trustee supervisor. The Road and Bridge Department uses Smith County Jail trustees for some of its roadwork labor.

When Miller completed the school a few weeks later, he was changed to full-time status. He was promoted to Maintenance Supervisor in October 2001. In that position, he oversaw all the ditch cleaning, driveway culverts, and any work that was done by the backhoes.

In July 2002, Miller became Field Superintendent to oversee all work being done in the field by the county crews. He was also in charge of contract trucks and part-time workers hired through temp services.

In May of 2008, he became Assistant Road Administrator, directly under Road Administrator Doug Nicholson. In this position, Miller has been certified as a flood plain manager, assists in the daily operations of the Road and Bridge Department, and has the opportunity to work with all the contractors that are doing roadwork for the county -- from new subdivisions being built to county roads being reconstructed.

“While working at Smith County, I have had the opportunity to work with a lot of great men and women at the Road and Bridge Department,” Miller said. “The county has been very good to me. I have learned through the years, ‘You get out of life what you are willing to put in to it.’ My thanks to Smith County for allowing me to be a part of its growth over the past 20 years.”


Clint Benson was also recognized for his 20 years of service to the county.

District Attorney Jacob Putman said Benson spent most of his career with the Sheriff’s Office, and he was fortunate to talk him into becoming chief investigator for his office when he took over in January 2019.

“He is a fantastic employee, a great supervisor and he is my friend,” Putman said, adding that Benson never complains when he has to work extra hours.

“If everyone had a person like Clint working for them, the world would be a better place,” Putman said.

Benson began working as a jailer for the Sheriff’s Office in 2000. He moved to patrol and joined the SWAT team in 2002. He became a detective in 2006, and worked in property crimes, persons crimes and crimes against children. He was promoted to sergeant in 2011.

Benson served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves from 1999 to 2005. He attended the Tyler Junior College Police Academy in 2001, and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration at Letourneau University in 2010.

His past awards for his work at the Sheriff’s Office include the Unit Commendation Award (2015); Sheriff’s Achievement Award (2015); Supervisor of the Year (2013); Plain Clothes Officer of the Year (2010); Certificate of Merit (2009); East Texas Crisis Center National Peace Officer Month Recognition (2008); and Meritorious Conduct (2006).


Other employees celebrating work anniversaries this month who were not in Commissioners Court include:

20 Years: Amanda Deck, Sheriff’s Office

10 Years: Katherine Cisneros, Tax Office; Beauregard Grogan and, Sheriff’s Office

5 Years: Eric Lowery, Fire Marshal’s Office; Gary Alewine and Johnny West, Road and Bridge Department; and Corretta Davis, David Lindsey and Susan Parrish


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