Judge Smith was appointed district associate judge in 2018. He has served as magistrate for Calhoun County since January of 2016. He graduated from Truman State University in 1995 with a BA in Communications and from the University Of Iowa School Of Law in 1998 with High Distinction. Judge Smith clerked for the 5th Judicial District before entering private practice in Storm Lake, Iowa. He is a member of the Iowa Bar and the Buena Vista Bar, where he served as president from 2001 to 2004.