The Dubois County Sheriff’s department welcomed its newest deputy last night.

25-year-old Josh Smith, an Ireland resident, was sworn in last night at the Dubois County courthouse. Smith is replacing Sgt. Forrest Kieser, who left for a job with the police records management company Interact. Kieser had been with the department for 26 years.

Smith, the son of Mark and Jeannine Smith of Otwell, received an associates degree from Vincennes University Jasper Campus in 2009 in criminal justice. Prior to becoming a sheriff’s deputy, he had worked full-time at Jasper Engines and Transmissions while working part-time as a Ferdinand reserve officer.

Dubois County Sheriff Donny Lampert says any of the candidates for the job would have been a good hire. He says Smith stood out above the rest after physical and mental tests as well as a round of interviews.

Smith will attend the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield in March. Starting Monday, he will begin work with seargents who are certified field training officers.

Smith and his wife, Lacey, currently reside in Ireland.

Smith’s hiring allows for the sheriff’s department to remain at 17 deputies including the sheriff. The Dubois County Security Center is currently staffed by 16 jail officers and a jail commander.