Sheriff Donald B. Smith

Sheriff SmithDonald Blaine Smith
Brigadier General
United States Army (Retired)
Putnam County Sheriff

Donald B. Smith is the 53rd Sheriff of Putnam County. He was elected to this position on November 6, 2001 and assumed the duties of Putnam County Sheriff on January 1, 2002. Immediately prior to becoming the Sheriff of Putnam County, he had served as the Deputy County Executive of Putnam County.

Sheriff Smith was born in Danbury, Connecticut, and grew up in Patterson, New York. Following his graduation from New York Military Academy at Cornwall-on-the-Hudson, New York in 1965, he attended the United States Military Academy at West Point. He graduated in June of 1969, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Armor. continue reading Sherif Smith’s bio…

Sheriff Comments On Conviction Of Anthony Dipippo

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith offered the following comments following the announcement of a guilty verdict in the murder trial of Anthony DiPippo in Putnam County Court this afternoon:

“Justice has been done in this case, as a jury of his peers has–for a second time–convicted Anthony DiPippo for the heinous murder of young Josette Wright.”

Sheriff Recognizes "National Crime Victims' Rights Week"

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith, President of the New York State Sheriffs’ Association, is joining law enforcement leaders throughout the nation in observing “National Crime Victims’ Rights Week” from April 22 to 28, 2012.

Sheriff Recognizes "National Crime Victims' Rights Week"

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith, President of the New York State Sheriffs’ Association, is joining law enforcement leaders throughout the nation in observing “National Crime Victims’ Rights Week” from April 22 to 28, 2012.

Sheriff Smith Joins Governor Cuomo In Signing Of All Crimes Dna Bill

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith, President of the New York State Sheriffs’ Association, and seven of his fellow Sheriffs joined Governor Andrew Cuomo at the Capitol Building in Albany today as the Governor signed the All Crimes DNA Bill into law. The new law constitutes the largest expansion of the DNA database since it was created in 1994 and makes New York the first state in the nation to require persons convicted of essentially all crimes to submit a DNA sample.

Sheriff Donald B. Smith Announces Membership Drive

The New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute will begin its annual Honorary Membership drive in Putnam County within the next ten days according to Sheriff Don Smith.

The New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute was established in 1979. It is a not-for-profit corporation, tax exempt organization, and contributions to the Institute are tax deductible.

"Move Over Law" Enforced In Putnam County

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith announces that his department will be enforcing the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law Section 1144A (Operation of Vehicles on Approach of Authorized Emergency Vehicles).

On March 9, 2012, Deputy Sheriffs conducted an enforcement detail that focused on this law on Route 9 in Garrison. During a time span of one hour, Deputy Sheriffs issued twenty traffic tickets. Similar details will be conducted throughout the county in the near future.

NYSEG and RG&E Warn Customers to Be Safe and Ask for Identification

THE FOLLOWING MERCHANT ALERT IS ISSUED ON BEHALF OF NYSEG AND RG&E BY SHERIFF DONALD B.

Sheriff's School Resource Officer Credited With Saving Student's Life

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that Deputy Sheriff A. J. Pizzuto Jr., the School Resource Officer at Brewster High School, is credited for assisting in saving the life of a high school student.

Sheriff Smith Feted By Federal Immigration Officials For Efforts On Criminal Aliens

Christopher Shanahan and Sheriff SmithChristopher Shanahan, Director of the ICE New York Field Office, presents a plaque to Sheriff Smith

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith was honored recently by officials of the United States Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”). The Sheriff was feted for his leadership in the work of the Sheriff’s Office in identifying, reporting and detaining foreign born persons arrested for committing state crimes in Putnam County.

Mr. Christopher Shanahan, Director of the ICE New York Field Office, issued a plaque to Sheriff Smith to commemorate the occasion. The inscription emblazoned on it cited the Sheriff’s “dedication and outstanding contributions to the Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Criminal Alien and Secure Communities Programs. ” ICE Assistant Field Office Director James Mooney, accompanied by other ICE officials, conferred the plaque upon the Sheriff during a ceremony at the Sheriff’s Office, which was attended by members of the Sheriff’s command staff.

In making his presentation to the Sheriff, Mr. Mooney praised his efforts in helping establish what he called a “model” of cooperation and mutual support between federal and local law enforcers in dealing with criminal aliens. During Sheriff Smith’s tenure in office, the Sheriff’s Office has notified ICE agents about hundreds of criminal aliens who have been charged with committing state felonies and misdemeanors in Putnam County while in this country illegally. During the ceremony, Sheriff Smith cited the “outstanding joint teamwork” that his Office and ICE enjoyed in “working hard together to keep the people of Putnam County safe. “

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