Press Kit


Smith is a Lima native with roots in this community extending across five generations, and a proven leader with a passion for making a difference. She has enjoyed a successful career in public service as a lawyer, judicial magistrate, Lima’s Chief of Staff, and has worked in the private sector managing global purchasing and logistics contracts for an electrical and mechanical distributor servicing international companies such as Procter & Gamble and International Paper. As a magistrate, Sharetta presided over probable cause and bond hearings, issued arrest and search warrants, and appointed counsel for indigent defendants. Since her return to Lima in 2017, Sharetta has served as Chief of Staff for the City of Lima. As Chief of Staff, Sharetta works as a senior advisor to Mayor David Berger, supporting 38,000 citizens, administering a $38M operating budget, and managing seven departments with a combined 400+ member workforce.

In her role as Chief of Staff, Sharetta has proven her ability to develop smart solutions for entrenched problems in local government, including working to have three of Lima’s most blighted census tracts designated by the federal government as Opportunity Zones to attract investors to spur economic development, leading a solutions driven community-wide conversation about the future of housing with the creation of the Lima Housing Task Force, collaborating with youth serving agencies throughout the city and county to create an after school program for middle-school youth, and working with Lima City Council and the Lima Civil Service Board to to establish the position of Chief Technology officer to move city operations into the 21st century by leveraging technology to improve service delivery.

With the influence of her collaborative leadership style, Lima has seen a renewed focus on downtown revitalization, youth development and improving government operations, as well as strengthened relationships with public and private partners that have been a catalyst for development.

About The Sharetta Smith For Mayor Campaign

The Sharetta Smith For Mayor Campaign is operated by a team of dedicated people who love Lima, and co-chaired by Jennifer Brogee, Jackie Fox, Brian Monford, Jr., Ben Rose, Quincey Simpson, and JaMesha Williamson. Linda Chartrand and John Long serve as Treasurer and Deputy Treasurer; respectively.