Dutchess County

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Adrian “Butch” Anderson
Sheriff

Undersheriff

Kirk Imperati

Address

150 North Hamilton Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Phone

845-486-3800

Website

http://www.dutchessny.gov/CountyGov/Departments/Sheriff/SHIndex.htm

Population

297,500

Area

825 square miles

County

Dutchess

County Seat

Poughkeepsie, NY

Career

Sheriff Anderson began his law enforcement career in 1970 when he was appointed as a Deputy Sheriff with the Dutchess County Sheriff”s Office. After spending time in the Uniform Patrol Division he was promoted to Detective in 1974 and made part of the Major Case Squad, where his abilities and persistence brought several major investigations to successful conclusions. Sheriff Anderson has an extensive resume in both professional training and in police instruction, highlighted in 1977 by his graduation from the 110th session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. During his lengthy law enforcement career Sheriff Anderson has been awarded numerous citations for in the line of duty accomplishments, including five Combat Crosses and numerous apprehension awards. He was appointed Undersheriff in 1993 and was responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the entire Sheriff”s Office. First elected Sheriff of Dutchess County in 1999, Sheriff Anderson successfully completed his first four-year term of office and won re-election as Sheriff in 2003, 2007, 2011, and 2016. The start of Sheriff Anderson’s 4th four-year term in January 2012 was highlighted by him being sworn in by long time friend and actor James Earl Jones, as well as the attendance of several dignitaries including US Senator Charles Schumer and US Representative Nan Hayworth. After an impeccable 47 years of service Sheriff Anderson continues to serve as the 72nd Sheriff of the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, which was formed in 1717 and today includes 500 employees who provide comprehensive police services to a population of 290,000 over 816 square miles.

Education / Training

Sheriff Adrian “Butch” Anderson was born and raised in Pawling, NY. He graduated from Pawling High School in 1966, after which he attended Ulster Community College in New York and Chapman College in California, where he majored in Physical Education. During his high school and college careers Sheriff Anderson excelled in basketball, football, and baseball and has been inducted into the schools’ Halls of Fames for all three sports.

Sheriff Anderson was elected Mayor of the Village of Pawling in 1983 and held that office for eight years. He is a past Chairman of the Village of Pawling GOP, presently a member of the Dutchess County GOP Executive Committee, and is on the Executive Board of the New York State Sheriffs’ Association. He also presently sits as a member of the New York State Sheriffs’ Association Legislative Committee, Crime Prevention Committee, State-wide Communications E-911 Committee, Accreditations Committee and Witness Assistance Program.

Honors and affiliations

Sheriff Anderson is an active member of many organizations which include the Poughkeepsie Elks BPOE Lodge No. 275, Fraternal Order of Police, Dutchess Community College Foundation Board, FBI National Academy Association, YMCA Board of Directors, the Harlem Valley Golf Club and the Pawling Fire Department. He is a board member of the Make a Wish Foundation of the Hudson Valley and serves as chairman of numerous organizations such as the American Heart Association, The March of Dimes, and Big Brothers and Big Sisters. Sheriff Anderson is a founding board member of The McElroy Children’s Cancer Foundation and is extremely active with the foundation. Sheriff Anderson has also joined with actor and long time friend Mr. James Earl Jones in raising funds for several of the Pawling YMCA’s major projects. In addition Sheriff Anderson has always been committed to civic and community groups, evidenced by his numerous awards and accomplishments throughout the years.

Accomplishments / Affiliations

Sheriff Adrian “Butch” Anderson

List of awards and recognitions


In 1999 received the Service to Community Award from the Town of Fishkill PBA upon being elected Sheriff of Dutchess County


In 2001 received recognition and appreciation from the Dutchess County Shrine Club


In 2002 received the Patriot Award from the National Rifle Association


From 2003 – 2008 received the Recognition of Excellence from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services


From 2003 – 2006 served as Co-Chariman for the March of Dimes Walk America


In 2003 received the Family Partnership Center Appreciation Award


In 2004 received the Appreciation Award from the Poughkeepsie Elks Lodge #275


In 2004 received the Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award from the Hudson Valley Chapter of the Boy Scouts of America


In 2004 received the Greater Southern Dutchess Chamber of Commerce Commitment to Community Award


In 2005 received the Pride of Ulster County Award for his response to a shooting incident


In 2005 received the United States Secret Service Certificate of Appreciation


In 2005 received the American Community Award from the Poughkeepsie Italian Center for his service to the community


In 2006 received the Award of Appreciation from the Wassaic Fire Department


In 2006 received the Award of Appreciation from the American Red Cross


In 2006 received the Martin Luther King Jr Humanitarian Award from the St. Mark A.M.E Zion Church


In 2007 received Certificate of Accreditation from the New York State Law Enforcement Accreditation Council


In 2007 was recognized by the Temple of I Cheng for years of dedicated service


In 2007 received the Support to Squad and Community Award from the Town of East Fishkill Rescue Squad


In 2007 received the Award of Appreciation from the Dutchess County Shrine Club


In 2008 received the Award of Appreciation for generosity and support from the Kids’ Expo


In 2008 received the Humane Hero Award from the Dutchess County ASPCA


In 2009 received recognition from the Dutchess County Board of Health for being a partner against the H1N1 Flu Pandemic


In 2009 received the President’s Award in Pawling, NY


In 2009 received the Certificate of Appreciation from the Millbrook Fire Department


In 2009 received the Certificate of Congratulations for commitment to the community from the Town of Fishkill Supervisor


In 2009 received the John Flowers Community Award for his ongoing support of the community


In 2009 was named Man of the Year by the Town of Pawling Fire Department


In 2010 received the St. Cabrini Home Humanitarian Award for his work with children in the community


In 2010 received the Certificate of Appreciation from the Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault


In 2010 was recognized by the United States Secret Service for outstanding assistance and support


In 2010 received the Community Service Award from the Autism Society


In 2011 received the Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Community by the Catherine Street Community Center in Poughkeepsie


In 2011 received the Certificate of Appreciation from the Mental Health Society of America


In 2011 was recognized by the World Police and Fire Games in New York City


In 2012 received the Appreciation for Effort Award from the Dutchess County Shriners Club


In 2012 was named Conservative of the Year by the Dutchess County Conservative Party


In 2012 received Volunteer Fire Police Association of Dutchess County Appreciation Award


In 2012 received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Dutchess County Leukemia and Lymphoma Society


In 2012 received Outstanding Commitment to Community Service Award from the Dutchess County Exempt Fireman’s Black Heritage Committee


From 2012 – 2017 was presented with the Certificate of Accreditation by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services


In 2013 received the Community Builder Award from Hudson River Housing Inc.


In 2013 was recognized for continued support by the Croft Corners Fire Department


In 2014 received the Ambassador for Peace Award from the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace


In 2014 was recognized by the Dutchess County Police Benevolent Association for his continuous support of their organization


In 2014 received the Certificate of Appreciation from the United States Department of Labor


In 2014 was inducted into the Pawling High School Hall of Fame for football, baseball, and basketball


In 2014 again received the Martin Luther King Jr Humanitarian Award from the St. Mark A.M.E. Zion Church


In 2014 received the Town of LaGrange Symbol of Freedom Award from the Town of LaGrange Republican Committee for his dedication to the community


In 2014 was honored by the NAACP for his dedication to service and his community


In 2014 received appreciation award for FOP Lodge 333 for 9/11


In 2014 was honored by the Dutchess County Conservative Party for community service and his dedicated working relationship with the Conservative Party


In 2014 was the honoree at the 12th Annual Poughkeepsie Father’s Day Parade and served as the parade’s Grand Marshal


In 2015 received the Golden Eagle Award from the National Rifle Association


In 2015 received the Lifetime Friend Award from Mental Health America


In 2015 received from the Omega Phi fraternity Inc. an award for his dedication to his community.


In 2016 Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. continuous efforts to the Mid-Hudson Valley Region


2016 Father’s Day Parade – John Flowers & his Elves Special Appreciation Award


In 2016 received the Community Service Award and Lifetime Member status from Dutchess County Child Protective Services


In 2016 became an Honorary Member of the Federation of Dutchess County Fish and Game Club


In 2016 served as the Executive Director of the Ryan McElroy Foundation


In 2016 received from Eric Trump and St. Jude’s Hospital the Appreciation for All That You Do Award


In 2016 served as Vice Chairman for President’s Trump’s Campaign in New York State


In 2018 received the Community Service Award from the Catherine Street Community Center


In 2018 had the honor of the Butch Anderson Cardiopulmonary Center in Poughkeepsie NY dedicated and named after him


In 2018 received the Town of Wappinger Patriot Award


Has received Commendation Awards from both the Dutchess County Conservative Party and the Town of Red Hook GOP

Personal

Sheriff Anderson continues to live in Pawling, NY with his wife Danielle and their two children Beau and Poppy, and also has a grown son Jacob.