Chief Financial Officer
Baltimore City Sheriff’s Office
Terrell Boston-Smith is a veteran of Maryland government and politics at just 39 years old. As chief financial officer at the Baltimore City Sheriff’s Office since June 2019, the Baltimore native sets its financial policy and supervises budgeting, business planning and financial administration.
But before joining the sheriff’s office as its budget manager in January 2018, Boston-Smith helped lead the successful 2014 and 2018 election campaigns for Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh. Boston-Smith was also special assistant to Frosh in 2015 and 2016.
Boston-Smith has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Franklin Pierce University and a master’s degree in public administration from Baruch College – The City University of New York. He volunteered on a presidential campaign while an undergraduate that changed his approach to politics and government.
“The size and energy of the campaigns, and their management, or lack thereof, left a strong impression that the astute financial managers have a serious advantage in working to reach their goal,” he said, “It was clear that the successful folks were keeping a nuanced and timely understanding of their resources and using that information to craft and execute a sound strategy with disciplined management.
“The observation set me along my way in my career and has kept me focused whether working in politics, business or government – talented leaders maximize their mission and return to their constituents and stakeholders,” he said.
His proudest accomplishment at the sheriff’s office has been revising its budget to more accurately measure the office’s services and demonstrate its accountability to residents.
“Our success will eliminate waste and provide better public safety resources,” he said. “We incorporate much more than numbers in our efforts – we are looking to create sound management practices that are efficient and deliver extraordinary value.”
Boston-Smith is active in his community as a member of the No Boundaries Coalition and the vestry board at Emmanuel Episcopal Church. He is also on the board of trustees at Franklin Pierce.