Grayson County Prosecutor of the year – 2015
Brett Smith, a native Texan, was appointed District Attorney by a unanimous vote of the Grayson County Commissioners Court in May 2018 to fill the vacancy created by the appointment of former District Attorney Joe Brown to the position of U.S. Attorney. Brett was then selected by a unanimous vote of the Grayson County Republican Executive Committee as the Republican Nominee to the fill the unexpired term.
Leading up to Brett’s selection as District Attorney, he served 15 years as Special Prosecutor for the Grayson County District Attorney’s Office. In this role, Brett was responsible for prosecuting cases in all 3 district courts. He also served as the lead juvenile prosecutor and had the responsibility of prosecuting significant white-collar criminal cases. Over the course of his 15-year tenure, Brett earned a reputation of being a “work horse, not a show horse” and of being tough on those who violate the law – especially and violent and repeat criminal offenders.
As part of the Jail Reduction Special Prosecution Team, Brett and others were able to reduce to ZERO the number of Grayson County jail inmates being housed out of county, saving the taxpayers millions of dollars.
Prior to serving with the Grayson County District Attorney’s Office, Smith worked in law enforcement. He served as a criminal investigator with the United States Treasury where he became a distinguished graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Academy. Brett also has extensive experience as a private practice attorney.
Brett is married to his wife Shelly of 18 years and they have a 14-year-old son, Hayden. Brett and Shelly also raised their nephew, Dylan, and take great pride in his accomplishments, particularly his military service. Dylan performed two tours of duty in Iraq and currently serves in the United States Army, holding the rank of Sgt. 1st Class. Brett and his family are active members of the First United Methodist Church in Sherman.
An experienced martial arts enthusiast, Brett has earned 8 Texas State titles in full contact martial arts, including a silver medal in the Texas Police Olympics. He also earned a Collegiate National Championship Medal and competed in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials. Brett holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
Brett has twice served as President of the Grayson County Bar Association and Grayson County Young Lawyers Association. He is the immediate past President of the Board for the House of Eli, a ministerial home for boys, and serves on the Board of the Grayson County Substance Abuse Council, the Children’s Advocacy Center of Grayson County, and the Texoma Counsel of Government Criminal Justice Advisory Board. Brett is also a supporter and financial contributor to area Republican candidates and causes.
Smith is a graduate of St. Edward’s University and earned his law degree from Texas A&M University School of Law, (formerly Texas Wesleyan School of Law.
As District Attorney, Brett has earned a broad coalition of local support and is honored to have the endorsement of Grayson County Sheriff Tom Watt as well as legendary Texas lawman, Keith Gary, who retired as United States Marshal for all of East Texas before also serving as Grayson County Sheriff for 20 years.
“No man in the wrong can stand up against a fellow that’s in the right and keeps on a-coming.”
– Bill McDonald, Texas Ranger (1852 – 1918)