Smith first appears as the Head CO of Emerald City under the management of Martin Querns. Querns and Smith both work together with inmate Simon Adebisi to build a virtually all-Black correctional staff and prisoner population in Em City. He shared the Head CO of Emerald City with other CO Adrian Johnson. After Querns is fired, Smith is named the Head CO of the Isolation unit, the unit he watches over throughout the duration of the show.
It is unknown if C.O Lawrence Smith is of any relation.