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Mesquite, TX – January 2, 2018 – City Attorney B.J. Smith, a living legend in the Mesquite community for more than 50 years, will retire in 2018. He will step down April 13.
Mayor Stan Pickett said, “B.J. Smith has been a pillar of the Mesquite community for generations. His life as a public servant and volunteer is extraordinary. The impact of his contributions to the citizens of our community is immeasurable. He and his wife Ann have given their lives to the betterment of our community, and we will be forever grateful.”
In 1963, B.J. Smith served as the first President of the Mesquite Public Library group and led the charge to get a $500,000 library expansion approved in 1969. He served on the Mesquite City Council from 1968 - 1977. He was Mayor from 1977 - 1981. He served on the Mesquite Independent School Board of Trustees for nine years. He is the only person in the history of Mesquite to serve the public as both the Mayor of the City of Mesquite and the President of the Mesquite Independent School Board. In 1988, he began serving the community as the City Attorney.
He and his wife have been distinguished for their service and contributions to the community. The Mesquite Independent School District named B.J. Smith Elementary School in his honor. The City of Mesquite named Ann Smith Park to pay tribute to her. They were part of the MISD Foundation Founding Donor Campaign to raise initial funds for the foundation’s programs. In 1999, the Mesquite City Council proclaimed March 21 of that year “B.J. and Ann Smith Day” in Mesquite to acknowledge all of their contributions to the quality of life in the community. The Mesquite Bar Association honored B.J. Smith with a lifetime membership. The State Bar of Texas praised his 50 years of service in the law profession.
B.J. Smith was born in Peeltown, Texas. He graduated from Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1955 and a Juris Doctorate in 1958. He and his wife have five children, six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.