After 15 years of dedication to Box Elder County, Gerald Smith is ready “to ride off into the sunset.”
Smith retired Aug. 31 after seven years as fairground manager. But that is not the full extent of his county experience. Smith started as a dispatcher for the Box Elder Sheriff’s Department in 1995. At that time, a dispatcher often did solo work at the center. He recalled being alone for a head on between two semi trucks on I-84 near Snowville that closed down the freeway for more than four hours. He was running single again when a large fire broke out on Willard Peak. “I was reaching and grabbing as the 911 line rang off the hook. It is an experience when the whole world is coming at you,” he said.
After a year of fielding those types of calls, he opted for a calmer line of work and moved to the county’s road department. There he began patching potholes, then driving truck and running heavy equipment. He remembers the work that went into building the road to the landfill at Little Mountain the county was just setting up.
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