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's Narcotics Enforcement Unit Reports Busy 2013

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that the department’s Narcotics Enforcement Unit had a busy 2013. In releasing the unit’s statistical data, Sheriff Smith reported that narcotics officers have tracked a marked increase in the amount of heroin in Putnam County. In fact, narcotics officers have seized three times the amount of heroin in 2013 than they did in 2011.

State Grant Funds DWI "Crackdown"

SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES, CARMEL POLICE TO HOLD DRIVER SOBRIETY CHECKPOINTS OVER ST. PATRICK’S DAY WEEKEND

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that sheriff’s deputies and officers from the Town of Carmel Police Department will be teaming up to conduct sobriety checks of drivers along area roads this weekend. Deputies and officers will set up the checkpoints as part of a statewide law enforcement effort aimed at stopping drunken driving.

The concerted statewide initiative is being funded under the “Crackdown Grant” obtained through the auspices of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and administered by the NYS Stop-DWI Foundation. The grant funds offset the salary costs of the municipalities for the deputies and officers who conduct the sobriety checkpoints.

Jesse L. Brown

Jesse L. Brown
Age: 
34
Eyes: 
Hazel
Hair: 
Brown
Sex: 
Male
Race: 
White/Hisp
Height: 
5'09"
Weight: 
200lbs

Sheriff Announces Implementation of "Takedown Tuesday"

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith announces the implementation of a new program called “Takedown Tuesday”. Utilizing social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, Sheriff Smith is enlisting the help of the public in locating and apprehending people who are the subjects of arrest warrants or bench warrants throughout Putnam County.

Route 52 in Carmel Closed for Investigation This Afternoon

SUSPICIOUS MATERIALS IN CAR PROMPT HAZMAT & BOMB SQUAD RESPONSE

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that an investigation of suspicious materials found within a vehicle has forced the temporary closure of Route 52 in the Hamlet of Carmel this afternoon.

At about 2:15 P.M. today (Thursday), the Sheriff’s Office received a report of an erratic driver of a car traveling southbound on Route 52 in Carmel. A few minutes later, Deputy Sheriff William Quick saw the car as it was passing the Putnam County Courthouse in the Carmel Hamlet and pulled the driver over.

When he approached the car, the deputy saw that the male driver, who was alone in the vehicle, had an unidentified red-colored liquid on his skin and clothes and had numerous electrical wires protruding from beneath his clothing. The man was also wearing metal knuckles on one hand. Visible within the passenger compartment of the car were jugs of unidentified liquids, a battery-pack, and walkie-talkie radios.

Sheriff Announces Boater Safety Class

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith announces that a boater safety class will be offered on March 2, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Mahopac Marina, 897 South Lake Boulevard, Mahopac, New York 10541.You must be 10 years of age or older to take the class. Persons over 14 years of age who operate a personal watercraft and motorboat operators born on or after May 1, 1996 are required to have this certificate. Persons 18 years of age or younger are entitled to receive the certificate free of charge.

Sheriff's Investigators Probe Attempted Robbery of Putnam Lake Bank

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that his department is investigating what is believed to have been an attempted robbery of the Putnam County National Bank, located at 89 Haviland Drive in the Putnam Lake section of the Town of Patterson.

Sheriff Smith Announces 2014 Boat Safety Course Registration

Sheriff Donald Smith announces that a Boater Safety class will be offered on April 12th, 2014, 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. at the Bureau of Emergency Service Building, 110 Old Route 6, Carmel (Map link).

Sheriff Smith & Lawyer Respond to Adam Levy's Press Statement

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith and his attorney, Adam I. Kleinberg, Esq., have issued the following statements in response to a press statement issued earlier today by Adam Levy’s public relations firm:

Sheriff Sponsors Open Government Forum

Chief A. Gerald Schramek, Mr. Robert Freeman, Sheriff Donald B. Smith, Senior Investigator. Glen JacksonL to R - Chief A. Gerald Schramek, Mr. Robert Freeman, Sheriff Donald B. Smith, Senior Investigator. Glen Jackson

Forty people with occupations ranging from police officers to town clerks and municipal attorneys met at the Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services Operations Building in Carmel to attend a seminar sponsored by Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith.

The two-hour training session presented by Mr. Robert Freeman, Executive Director of the state’s Committee on Open Government, touched upon how the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) impacts governmental entities. The Committee on Open Government, a unit under the Department of State, oversees and advises government, public, and news media on Freedom of Information, Open Meetings, and Personal Privacy Protection Laws. The committee offers guidance in response to telephone, email or written inquiries. It prepares written legal advisory opinions, and provides training upon request.

Mr. Freeman, considered by many as a world-wide expert on the subject of open government, has been the Executive Director of the Committee on Open Government for the past 38 years. After graduating from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in 1969, Mr. Freeman received his Jurist Doctorate from New York University of Law in 1973.

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