Watch: Shining a Spotlight on Staff – I am Cal OES Video Series: Dennis Smithson


Over the past several years, the state has experienced an unprecedented number of emergencies and disasters. As these climate-driven natural disasters become more severe in California, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) staff has met each new challenge head-on.

The nearly 2,000 staff at Cal OES have responded to increasingly complex disasters in fresh and innovative ways, strengthening the foundation of emergency management to prepare for, respond to and recover from all types of emergencies and disasters.

This week, Cal OES welcomes you to learn more about Dennis Smithson with the Law Enforcement Branch State Coroners Mutual Aid Coordinator here at Cal OES. The work he does helps serve as an essential resource to the impacted local Sheriff-Coroner, Coroner, or Medical Examiner should mutual aid be requested.

“It feels good to be a resource to the counties, helping them achieve a high-level performance for their citizens.” Smithson said.

Prior to Cal OES Dennis Smithson worked at the Kern County Sheriff’s Office for over 32 years.