Donald B. Smith
Three County Center Carmel, NY 10512
246 square miles
On January 1, 2002, Donald B. Smith became the 53rd Sheriff of Putnam County. Immediately prior to becoming the Sheriff, he had served as the Deputy County Executive of Putnam County. During his career in the United States Army, he commanded at every level from Platoon Leader to Assistant Division Commander, retiring with the rank of Brigadier General. Sheriff Smith was re-elected in 2005 and 2010.
Education / Training
Sheriff Smith is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and has a Master’s Degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California. Sheriff Smith is also a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College and was a Fellow at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.
Since taking office, Sheriff Smith has emphasized community policing and all law enforcement throughout the County working together as a team. He has focused on making the County safer for its young people by increasing the intensity of the war on drugs, and by emphasizing drivers’ safety programs and safety belt usage, especially for the youthful driving population. Under his leadership, the School Resource Officer Program has expanded to eight (8) deputies serving in the high schools and middle schools of Putnam County.
Sheriff Smith has a son, a daughter, and five grandchildren. The Smith family was recognized as a Great American Family while stationed in Mainz, Germany in 1983.