The Town of Purcellville is mourning the death of former Police Chief Darryl “Smitty” Smith, who served as chief from 2006 to 2015 and died Sunday at the age of 70.
Smith began his career in law enforcement in 1973 with the Herndon Police Department at age 22, where he was hired as the town’s first black officer. He spent 22 years in supervisory or command level positions and retired as a captain in October 2004 after 31 years of service. Smith also served on the Herndon Town Council, and as vice mayor.
Smith was sworn in as Purcellville police chief in January 2006 and retired in April 2015. While in town, he was recognized with the 2007 Virginia Municipal League achievement award for youth engagement. In 2009, the International Association of Chiefs of Police awarded his department the Webber Seavey Award for youth engagement programs.
The town’s flags are being flown at half-staff in honor of Smith.