Pulaski native Guy Smith has been named as the new Director of the Pulaski County Department of Social Services. Smith has served as the agency’s Interim Director since June of 2013 when the agency’s long time director James Wallis retired.
Smith joined the agency in May, 1998 as a Child Protective Services Social Worker. He has since served as Foster Care Supervisor, Adult Services Supervisor, CPS Supervisor, Assistant Director and Interim Director. He has been involved with numerous committees, organizations and initiatives while being employed with the agency including Family Assessment and Planning Team, Beast Practices Court Team, Safe Haven Board and Community Policy and Management Team (CPMT).
Smith is well known in the community and his soft spoken demeanor is said to be an asset in the demanding and stressful situations that can occur at the agency. During the past year, his motto has been, “I don’t expect perfection, but I do expect excellence.” This is something he believes and conveys to his staff as he attempts to create a first rate organization. It is his wish that the agency conveys an efficient, supportive, and comfortable environment for the community as well as the staff.
Smith attended Pulaski County Public Schools and later Virginia Tech where he received Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. He is married to Rebecah Smith, who has been named the new principal of Pulaski Elementary School. They have one sone, Isaiah, who is an upcoming senior. The family enjoys spending time together traveling and camping in their RV. Guy also enjoys reading playing chess and motorcycling.