Gentry O. Smith, a senior State Department official and former Raleigh police officer, is President Barack Obama’s nominee as director of the State Department’s Office of Foreign Missions, the White House announced on Thursday.
Smith, a graduate of North Carolina State University, is a career member of the Foreign Service who has worked in Washington as a deputy assistant secretary since 2009. Before that he was director of the Office of Physical Security Programs, and he has served as a security officer in the U.S. embassies in Tokyo, Rangoon and Cairo.
The Office of Foreign Missions oversees U.S. embassies and consulates and makes sure that American diplomats receive fair treatment in other countries. It also makes sure that foreign diplomats living in the United States receive reciprocal diplomatic benefits, privileges and immunities provided in federal laws and international agreements.