President Barack Obama nominated Smith in September.
Smith is a 28-year veteran of the Savannah Police Department.
During his tenure with the Savannah department, he rose to the rank of captain. He served as commander of the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team from 1996 to 2002.
Smith received two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart for his service in the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1967 to 1969. He also received a Fulbright Scholarship in 1995.