A life-long resident of Nevada County, Bill attended Magnolia middle school where he played several sports and was involved in many school activities. Bill went on to attend Nevada Union High School, as did most kids in the county since Bear River High School had not yet been completed. His four years at Nevada Union were a great time in his life filled with classes, friends, football, baseball, rallies and dances. Lots of memories with lots of smiles.
When not in school, Bill was active in Demolay and enjoyed playing Little League. Summers were always spent on his grandparent’s ranch in Penn Valley. It was there on his grandparent’s ranch surrounded by family that he learned many life lessons. As he grew older he loved to work on his 1970 GMC truck. He and his father (Bill Sr.) would often work well into the night transforming that ordinary truck into the green machine that everyone in the county (or at least most) came to recognize as Bill Smethers sweet ride.
Today Bill works with several people at the Sheriff’s Office with whom he grew up with. He truly has been a friend to everyone and his family has been loved and respected in the community for generations.
Bill graduated from Nevada Union High School in 1985. After High School, Bill continued his education at Sierra College in Rocklin, California majoring in Criminal Justice. In 1992, Bill put himself through the Basic Law Enforcement Academy at Butte College Safety Center and later graduated from Union Institute and University earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice Management.
Bill holds Certificates from the California Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) in Management, Supervision, Tactical Commander, and various narcotics investigations courses.
Bill has 24 years of professional law enforcement and public safety experience in a wide range of capacities.
He began his law enforcement career with the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office as a Correctional Officer at the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility in 1993, while serving with the Nevada City Police Department as a Reserve Police Officer.
In 1995, Bill was hired by the Nevada City Police Department and worked full-time as a Police Officer until 1998, when he accepted a position with the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy Sheriff. Since being with the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, Bill has served in a variety of assignments which included Patrol Deputy, Boating Safety Officer, Corporal/Field Training Officer, Narcotics Detective, Detective Sergeant, Administrative Sergeant, Executive Lieutenant, Investigations Lieutenant, and Patrol Lieutenant.
Over Bill’s Career he has received numerous letters from members of the community praising his level of service. Bill was recognized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) as Officer of the Year for four years consecutively in western Nevada County for D.U.I enforcement. As Detective Sergeant in charge of the Narcotics Task Force, Bill and his unit received several commendations, including the 2008 Annual Law Enforcement Fire Protection Council Award, and a Unit Citation from the County for their accomplishments in the highest amount of Narcotic Seizures recorded in the County of Nevada. Bill also received a certificate from the Drug Enforcement Administration recognizing him for his Outstanding Contributions in the field of Drug Enforcement.
Bill and his wife Christina have been married for 25 years and have three grown children who also reside in Nevada County. Bill and Christina’s family consist of their daughters Payden, Reid, and son Ty. Bill’s daughter Payden, elected to go straight into the work force after high school and works locally for a dermatologist. His daughter Reid, attended Valley State University in North Dakota after high school on a softball scholarship and eventually returned home where she is continuing her education in the medical field, while working full-time. His son Ty, recently graduated high school and has been working full-time in construction, but plans on returning to school to major in criminal justice. In Bill’s spare time he enjoys playing men’s slow pitch softball, hunting, fishing, and camping with his family.