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Sheriff Anderson honored for 50-year anniversary

Published: 12/1/2020

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Captain John Watterson


The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office reports that on 12/1/20 Sheriff Adrian “Butch” Anderson was honored for a remarkable 50 years of service to the Sheriff’s Office.


Sheriff Anderson began his career with the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office on December 1st, 1970, as a uniformed Deputy Sheriff before rising through the ranks and ultimately being elected Sheriff. He started his first term as Sheriff in January 2000 and continues to serve with distinction.


This incredible milestone was celebrated on 12/1/20 with a caravan and small building dedication ceremony. A caravan containing the Sheriff’s family and closest friends traveled from Pawling to the Law Enforcement Center (LEC) in Poughkeepsie, and upon arrival at the LEC the ceremony was conducted. Due to the pandemic the ceremony was brief with very limited attendance, and for everyone’s safety all COVID-19 guidelines were observed. Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro attended the ceremony, and in recognition of Sheriff Anderson said  “Having honorably and selflessly served the people of Dutchess County for 50 years, this morning Adrian Anderson enters a sixth decade, and he does so along-side county leaders, colleagues, friends, and family. This dedication is a testament not just to Sheriff Anderson's long and distinguished service, but to who he is as a man; dedicated, respectful, compassionate, and honorable."

On behalf of the men and women of the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, the people of Dutchess County, and everyone who has been impacted by Sheriff Anderson we thank him for everything that he has done over the last 50 years to make Dutchess County a better place.