gadsden county

Commissioner Kimblin E. NeSmith, J.D.

Commissioner NeSmith Official Photo - Copy


Commissioner Kimblin E. NeSmith, J.D., is a member of the Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners. He represents District 3, which includes the City of Chattahoochee, the City of Greensboro, Rosedale, Bonniehill, Happy Town, Goat Town, River Junction, Saint Mary, Crawfish Island, Juniper, Sycamore, and Sawdust. His top priorities for District 3 and Gadsden County are infrastructure, economic development, community affairs, job creation, and  expanding business opportunities for underserved areas in Gadsden County.

Commissioner NeSmith is an advocate for transparency and education. When he is not addressing District 3 constituents’ needs, he serves as a criminal justice adjunct professor at Saint Leo University. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Morehouse College and a Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Miami School of Law. When it comes to preparing the future leaders of the Big Bend area, Commissioner NeSmith demonstrates his commitment to education as he has served as an adjunct professor for the Tallahassee Community College Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy at the Florida Public Safety Institute, and as an adjunct professor at Barry University and Flagler College. 
A native of Jacksonville, Commissioner NeSmith has called Gadsden County home for five years. He has held diverse leadership positions on various boards and community organizations, including Leadership Gadsden, the Public-School Board of Gadsden County, Florida’s Gadsden Leadership and Law Academy, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Committee of Chattahoochee, where he currently serves as the President. Additionally, he co-founded Ambanc-First Mortgage Company, Inc. in 1986, the Lawyers of the Future Training Program (L.O.F.T.), which introduced middle and high school students from urban communities to life on a law school campus, created an entrepreneurial center on the campus of Edward Waters College in 1996 and served as the founder and executive director of the Institute for Global Entrepreneurship. In this capacity, he was responsible for creating the vision for expanding existing and developing new business enterprises in underserved communities in Jacksonville and surrounding counties. Commissioner NeSmith is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Chi Omega Chapter. He enjoys spending time with his three daughters, family, and friends.

Commissioner NeSmith has received numerous awards and recognition for his accomplishments including: 
  • Committee Member Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. National Holiday Celebration Committee.  
  • Member of the Chattahoochee Rotary Club
  • Received “2017 Making A Difference Award” from The Community Partners, River Chase Health and Rehabilitation Center, and New Bethel A.M.E. Church Commission on Social Action.
  • Served on The Gadsden County School District Lecture Series Committee.
  • Served on the Finance and Policy Committees at Florida State University Schools (FSUS and the K-12 Laboratory Research School for Florida State University) 
  • Served as Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees at FSUS.  
  • Kimblin E. NeSmith Executive Director’s Award (Award named in honor of Dr. NeSmith by the 2013 Friends of the Gadsden Leadership and Law Academy Advisory Board). 
  • Member of The North Florida Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE).
  • Graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigations Citizens’ Leadership Academy.