Sheriff returns

Published 9:50 pm Monday, December 4, 2006

By By Lisa Tindell – news writer
After more than three weeks out of the office, Escambia County Sheriff Grover Smith has returned to work.
Smith continues to recover from a biking accident he was injured in on Nov. 4. He spent four days in the critical care unit of Sacred Heart Hospital and an additional week and a half in a regular patient room at the facility.
Released from the hospital mid-November, Smith recuperated at home until he felt he was ready to return to the office.
Smith said he knew the office was in good hands, but he is happy to be returning to his full-time position as sheriff.
Smith was injured while bicycle riding with his wife and granddaughter in the Foshee community early last month. The accident sent him to the hospital with lacerations to his face as well as other injuries.
Injuries were mostly facial abrasions with some mouth injuries and a fracture in his skull, officials said.
Surgery may still be necessary, however Smith is recovering well. He will continue with some treatment and exams as a follow up to his hospitalization.
Smith is currently serving his second term as the sheriff for Escambia County having first been elected to the office in 2002.