In her final remarks as head of a jails reform commission, former judge LaDoris Cordell stood in the front of the county Board of Supervisors and unleashed a flamethrower on Sheriff Laurie Smith, comparing her leadership to a pilot crashing a plane. Last summer three guards were charged in the murder of mentally ill inmate Michael Tyree, and tensions were definitely running high in the culmination of six months of work by the jails task force. By the time Cordell finished her verbal assault, the sheriff had walked out of the boardroom with a throng of reporters in tow. Smith has fired back in past interviews that the commission has overstepped its bounds and Cordell has misled the media. But for some in attendance Tuesday, the sheriff’s exit appeared to reinforce Cordell’s point about her cavalier approach. Ron Hansen, who serves on the county’s Juvenile Justice Commission, called the timing of Smith’s departure a little off-putting, even if she had another meeting. “You bring the hammer down on the close of the commission and you won’t stay around to hear the discussion?” Hansen said. “It wasn’t her finest moment, let me put it that way.” Inmate advocate Shaunn Cartwright, whose turn in line to speak came long after the sheriff cut out, called Smith’s actions contemptuous. “It looked like she took her toys and went home,” Cartwright quipped. Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. James Jensen told Fly that Smith had a prior commitment at Piedmont High School in San Jose, where she presented a plaque to students who printed adorable T-shirts for the sheriff’s “K-9’s against bullying” campaign. Cordell, perhaps trading fire for ice following the meeting, told Fly she was too busy listening to the ensuing hours of public testimony to notice Smith’s early exit.