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Dutchess County Government History Exhibit

Celebrating 300 Years of Democracy in Dutchess

A new eight panel exhibit depicting the evolution of Dutchess County Government’s legislative and executive branches over the past 300 years is now on display on the 6th floor, “the people’s floor,” of the Dutchess County Office Building.   Dutchess County’s independent government began on October 23, 1713, when colonial government granted permission for Dutchess residents to elect their own supervisor, treasurer, tax assessor and tax collector.

The panels look back to the early roots of Dutchess County Government, dating back to the colonial period.    Particular attention is paid to the development of charter form government in the mid 1960s that led to the adoption of the Charter in 1967 and designated the County Executive position as the steward of Dutchess County Government.

Special thanks to the Poughkeepsie Journal, East Fishkill Library, Dutchess County Historical Society for their assistance with various photos. Assistance was also provided by New York State Archives and Pediment Publishing.

Executive Branch

Colonial Government - Leadership in Dutchess

Colonial Government | Leadership in Dutchess (.pdf)

 

Serving a Growing County - The Supervisors in their Communities

Serving a Growing County | The Supervisors in their Communities (.pdf)

 

The Charter of 1967 - Establishing the County Executive

The Charter of 1967 | Establishing the County Executive (.pdf)

 

The County Executive The Charter in Practice

The County Executive | The Charter in Practice (.pdf)

 

Colonial Government - Democracy in Dutchess

Colonial Government | Democracy in Dutchess (.pdf)

 

Serving a Growing County - The Board of Supervisors

Serving a Growing County | The Board of Supervisors (.pdf)

 

The Charter of 1967 - Designing the New Legislature

The Charter of 1967 | Designing the New Legislature (.pdf)

 

The County Legislature - Putting the Charter into Practice

The County Legislature | Putting the Charter into Practice (.pdf)