Melvin Smith graduated from North Hagerstown High School and attended Howard University with a major in biology, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree. Melvin is a former police officer, having retired from the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia at the rank of Sergeant. Following retirement from MPDC, Mr. Smith worked as a pharmaceutical sales representative for Marion Merrell Dow. He is a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran. Mr. Smith is an active EMT-B with both Smithsburg EMS and Community Rescue Service in Hagerstown and is currently the Vice President of the SEMS Board of Directors. Mr. Smith is a member of the American Legion of Funkstown, Md. Melvin is married to his wife Juliette, has five children, seven grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.