Sheriff Donald B. Smith

Donald Blaine Smith
Brigadier General
United States Army (Retired)
Putnam County Sheriff
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Sheriff Smith in Hospital


In response to inquiries from the public and media, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office is providing this information concerning the hospitalization of Sheriff Donald B. Smith.

New Sheriff's Office Motorcycle Dedicated to Memory of Mark R. Gilmore:

members of the  Putnam County Sheriff's Office Motorcycle Unit, with new motorcycleDeputy William Verrastro (left) and Deputy Anthony Tolve (right), members of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Motorcycle Unit, with new motorcycle dedicated to the memory of deceased Senior Investigator Mark R. Gilmore.-Photo courtesy of Sheriff’s Office.

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that his office has dedicated a new patrol motorcycle to the memory of Mark R. Gilmore, who was the Sheriff’s Senior Investigator in charge of the Narcotics Enforcement Unit at the time of his death on March 1, 2017. He died at age 54 from a heart attack suffered while off-duty.

Senior Investigator Gilmore also served as a motorcycle officer during his 28-year career in the Sheriff’s Office. “In recognition of Mark’s devotion to duty as a motor officer over the years, as well as his life-long personal love for riding, we thought it most fitting to memorialize Mark by emblazoning his name and badge number on the new motorcycle,” said the Sheriff.

The motorcycle was unveiled on Saturday, July 22nd, at a fundraising event held to benefit Sr. Inv. Gilmore’s widow, Amy, and his daughter Mattingly, and also to benefit Deputy Sheriff Michael Schmidt and his family. Deputy Schmidt, who has served as the Youth & Community Services Officer for the Sheriff’s Office, is battling a rare form of cancer. The event, organized by the Sheriff’s Office PBA, was a barbecue held at the Patterson Fire Department grounds that was attended by many Sheriff’s Office employees and their families, as well as a number of police officers from various area departments and other supporters.

Sheriff Warns of Recent Scam Phone Calls

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith is warning area merchants of a telephone scam which has been detected recently in Putnam County.

Drunken Driving Arrests Recorded by Sheriff's Office

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that the Sheriff’s Office recorded three drunken driving arrests in June. The arrests occurred in Carmel, Patterson and.

Sheriff Smith Receives the FBI National Academy's John Fahy Award

Sheriff Smith receives award while Undersheriff Boscia looks onL to R: Undersheriff Paul Boscia, NYPD Lieutenant William Carbone and Sheriff Donald Smith

Sheriff Smith and NYPD Chief Mike Shea have been selected to receive the the FBI National Academy Associates 2018 John Fahy Award for their humanitarianism through out their careers.

In 2006 the FBI National Academy Associate, New York State/E. Canada Chapter chose to officially honor Inspector Fahy with the creation of an award committee consisting of non-Board Members dedicated to selecting outstanding nominees for the JOHN FAHY MEMORIAL HUMANITARIAN AWARD.

To Qualify for the Award: Nominees must meet the following criteria: The person embodies a high moral character and demonstrates exemplary performance in law enforcement; Performs an act or engages in sustained conduct consistent with the demeanor of a selfless person who is dedicated to improving the condition of humankind and often makes sacrifices to benefit the greater good, without expectation of acknowledgement; Makes significant contributions to their community through their time, actions, talents and dedication. These contributions may consist of, by are not limited to: volunteerism in organizations, participating in a specific community project, unpaid service on committees, youth service programs, religious groups, etc.; or, Any act of volunteerism that would bring honor on the law enforcement community in general, and in particular, the F.B.I. National Academy.

Deputy Anthony Tolve Graduates Motorcycle School

Deputy Anthony Tolve Deputy Billy Verrastro and Undersheriff Paul BosciaDeputy Anthony Tolve is congratulated by Undersheriff Paul Boscia while motorcycle instructor Deputy Billy Verrastro looks on.

Congratulations to Deputy Sheriff Anthony Tolve who graduated as Top Rider at the Yonkers Police Department Motorcycle school. The ceremony was held at the Yonkers Police Department 1st Precinct. Certificates were presented by Yonkers Police Commissioner Charles Gardner.

Yonkers Police Department Traffic Division Motorcycle Unit hosts a two week motorcycle safety school for law enforcement agencies throughout the region including Putnam, Westchester and Connecticut. Principles of proper breaking and turning are covered in this school. Members of the public are also encouraged to be aware of increased motorcycle usage in the warm weather on our area roadways.

Sheriff's Sergeant Graduates From FBI National Academy

Sergeant Timothy KeithSergeant Timothy Keith

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the graduation of Sheriff’s Sergeant Timothy Keith from the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy in Quantico, Virginia on June 7, 2017.

Sergeant Keith, who is a supervisor in the Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division and a K-9 handler, was among 228 law enforcement officials hailing from 47 states and the District of Columbia, 24 foreign nations, five branches of the United States military and seven federal civilian agencies who attended the 268th Session of the Academy. Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe was the principal speaker at the graduation ceremony, held at the Virginia campus.

Internationally renowned for its academic excellence, the FBI National Academy is a ten-week program of advanced communication, leadership and fitness training. Admission to the Academy is highly selective, with candidates nominated by their agencies to attend based upon the officer’s proven record of law enforcement service. Less than one percent of America’s law enforcement officials, and an even smaller percentage of nominees applying from other countries, are selected to attend the program. Since the inception of the Academy in 1935, the Academy has turned out some 50,141 graduates from the U.S. and abroad.

Sheriff Smith Honored by the Detective Barney Ferguson Emerald Legacy Fund

Sheriff Smith receiving the award plaque from the Legacy Fund presenter, Mr. Ron Cummings. Sheriff Smith receiving the award plaque from the Legacy Fund presenter, Mr. Ron Cummings.

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith has been honored by The Detective Barney Ferguson Emerald Legacy Fund for his careers in the military and in law enforcement.

The Sheriff was feted by the organization on June 1st in New Rochelle, at its annual fundraising banquet to benefit police, firefighting and military personnel and their families who have experienced injuries, illnesses or deaths. The Legacy Fund carries out its benevolent work in the memory of deceased New York City Police Detective Barney Ferguson, who for many years was a leader in many police and civic societies in New York City and the Lower Hudson Valley.

Sheriff Smith received an award plaque during the ceremony, citing his combined 48 years of service in the military and as Sheriff. The banquet and award ceremony, held at Juliano’s Restaurant in New Rochelle, was attended by police and firefighters from throughout the region, including several members of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office. The New York City Fire Department Pipes and Drums Band and the Golding Academy Champion Irish Dancers provided entertainment for the guests.

A Letter From Sheriff Smith

In March 2013, I issued two press releases which stated that Alexandru Hossu resided at your home, that you had interfered with the investigation into the claim that Hossu raped a young woman and that further suggested that you valued loyalty to Mr. Hossu over law enforcement objectives and should be investigated for knowingly harboring an illegal alien. These press releases, which I approved, received considerable attention and caused you embarrassment.

Today, I retract these releases unequivocally and apologize for the statements contained therein. These statements were untrue and I should not have made them. Mr. Hossu did not then reside at your home. He was arrested at another location where he then lived. I know that you did not interfere with the investigation of Mr. Hossu. Nor is there any evidence that you had any knowledge of Mr. Hossu’s immigration status or were intentionally harboring an illegal alien. And, finally, throughout your career, you prosecuted all manner of cases and I apologize for conveying anything, to the contrary.

I recognize that my statements spawned substantial litigation. As you know, before making this apology and retraction, I dismissed with prejudice the case I initiated against you and trust we can put this chapter behind us.

Difficult Journeys Create Strong Advocates

Regional Hospice and Palliative Care Appoints Distinguished Veteran

Putnam County Sheriff and Retired Brigadier General Donald B. Smith lost the love of his life and committed to help others benefit from the compassionate care and support he and his family received from Regional Hospice and Palliative Care.

After many months of advocating on behalf of Regional Hospice and Palliative Care, Smith became the newest member of its volunteer board of directors on May 31, 2017.

Sheriff Smith first volunteered for Regional Hospice and Palliative Care after spending two weeks alongside his beloved wife of 43 years, Jane, at the Center for Comfort Care & Healing during the final stages of Jane’s battle with breast cancer in 2015.

A proactive and generous man, Smith offered his time to publicly advocate on behalf of the center’s mission as a member of the agency’s stewardship committee. At the New Fairfield Giving Circle Breakfast last October, Smith opened his heart and deeply touched every one of the event’s 450 guests at the Amber Room that morning as he shared Jane’s story and his passion for the precious time she had and the care and support Jane and his entire family received while at the center.

Sheriff Smith and his family utilized the center as Regional Hospice leadership had envisioned. He was a constant presence by Jane’s side, as well as with his work spread out before him in the family kitchen and the center’s other public and quiet spaces, and shared Jane’s last Thanksgiving together with their family and favorite holiday fixings from the center’s chef.


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