Inspector Smith joined the Penitentiary Service in 1895 and held various positions throughout the department.
During the 1920s there had been a number of inmate protests held in various industrial shops at Kingston Penitentiary. On October 17, 1932 these disturbances culminated in the first major riot in the history of the institution.
At this point, it is not known whether Insp. Smith resided at Cedarhedge while Warden Ponsford was on retiring leave.