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Captain Kennedy-Smith To Run Lake Elsinore Station

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Sheriff Sniff this week announced the transfer of Captain Shelley Kennedy-Smith from the Riverside Court Services Division to the Lake Elsinore Sheriff's Station. She will be replacing Captain Dave Fontneau who is retiring in July. She takes command of the station officially on July 12th, but will begin transitioning to her new duties immediately.

Sheriff Stan Sniff said, "Captain Kennedy-Smith has worked in varied assignments within the Department including patrol, jail, courts, personnel, and administration. She has been successful at each and every one of them. The experience she has gained will serve her well at her new assignment."

Captain Shelley Kennedy-Smith will assume the command of the Lake Elsinore Station which provides service to 270.1 square miles of Riverside County, serving and protecting more than 135,581 residents. The station proudly serves the contract cities of Lake Elsinore, and Wildomar, and the unincorporated areas of Alberhill, El Cariso, Glen Eden, Glen Ivy Hot Springs, Good Hope, La Cresta, Lakeland Village, Meadowbrook, Ortega Hills, Temescal Canyon, and Warm Springs.

Captain Kennedy-Smith has 26 years of law enforcement experience, having joined the Riverside County Sheriff's Department in 1986. Upon completion of the academy, she was assigned to the Riverside Jail and later the Lake Elsinore Station, Court Services and the Southwest Detention Center. She promoted to the rank of Investigator in 1999 and was assigned to the Lake Elsinore Station, where she handled all types of investigations and was designated as the station Elder Abuse Detective. In 2000, Captain Kennedy-Smith was promoted to Sergeant and transferred to the Southwest Detention Center. As a Sergeant, Captain Kennedy-Smith also served as the Department's Public Information Officer from 2001 to 2004.

Captain Kennedy-Smith was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2004 and placed in charge of the Sheriff's Personnel Bureau. In 2008, Captain Kennedy-Smith returned to the Lake Elsinore Station, where she served as the Patrol and Administrative Lieutenant responsible for the station budget along with the contract cities of Lake Elsinore and Wildomar. She was also responsible for management of the Detective Bureau, the Special Teams Unit, and Lake Operations.

In 2010, Captain Kennedy-Smith promoted to the rank of Captain and was placed in charge of Court Services West, Central, and East. These courts include the Historic Courthouse in Riverside, the Hall of Justice, the Family Law building, the Corona Court, Moreno Valley Court, Juvenile Court, Southwest Justice Center, the Hemet Court, the Banning Court, the Indio Court, the Civil Bureau, and the County Administrative Center.

In 2012, Captain Kennedy-Smith earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Captain Kennedy-Smith and her husband, Melvin, live in Murrieta and have two sons, and three grandchildren.

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