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 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.

Fourteen Hour Stand Off With Armed Barricaded Man Ends Tragically


At about 9:45PM on December 7, 2013, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint from the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department requesting assistance in attempting to locate an armed emotionally disturbed person. According to police, 47 year-old Mark Reid of Poughkeepsie, New York, armed with a shotgun, threatened suicide while staying at the Countryside Motel, located at 3577 Route 9 in Philipstown.

A sheriff’s deputy responded to the motel and located Mr. Reid who had barricaded himself inside his motel room. The deputy called for assistance, prompting additional members of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, the Putnam County Emergency Response Team, the New York State Police and the State Police Special Operations Response Team.

Responding officers established a safety perimeter around the motel, evacuated other occupants of the establishment and closed Route 9 to ensure public safety.

Sheriff Smith Promotes Scott Lombardo to Rank of Sergeant

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith announces the promotion of Scott Lombardo to the rank of Sergeant in the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.

Sergeant Lombardo, a 15 year veteran with the Sheriff’s Office was promoted to his new rank on October 7, 2013.

Gun Recovered From Hudson River Believed One Used in Long Island Shooting

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that police divers recovered a gun from the Hudson River today that is believed to be the weapon used in a fatal shooting on Long Island two weeks ago.

Sheriff Smith Promotes Glen Jackson to Rank of Senior Investigator

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the promotion of Glen T. Jackson to the rank of Senior Investigator in the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.

Senior Investigator Jackson, a 15 year veteran with the Sheriff’s Office was promoted to his new rank by Sheriff Smith on September 28, 2013.

Body of Nassau County Shooting Suspect Found in Hudson River

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that a body found floating in the Hudson River this morning has been identified as that of Mr. Sang Ho Kim, the man wanted in connection with an alleged double shooting in Nassau County last week.

Mr. Kim had been the subject of an intensive manhunt in Putnam County after authorities found his car parked near the Village of Cold Spring last Wednesday night, just hours after he allegedly shot two men–one fatally–in East Garden City.

Annual Chimney Inspections and Related Services Should Be Conducted by Licensed Contractors


Putnam County Director of Consumer Affairs Jean Noel, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell and Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith are reminding residents that autumn is the time for annual chimney inspections and related services to usually occur.

According to the United States Fire Administration, more than one-third of Americans use fireplaces, wood stoves and other fuel-fired appliances as primary heat sources in their homes. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the risks when heating with wood and solid fuels. Heat fires account for 36% of residential home fires in rural areas every year. Often these fires are due to creosote buildup in chimneys and stovepipes. All home heating systems require regular maintenance to function safely and efficiently.

Extra vigilance should be given to those working on residential chimneys. Each year, the county’s consumer affairs department receives reports of unregistered chimney sweeps operating in Putnam County. The average person cannot discern whether chimney repairs are truly needed, or whether the work is completed properly. Improper work can result in dangerous, even deadly, carbon monoxide leaks and fires.

New Sheriff's Patrol Boat Launched on Hudson River

New York State Office of Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey and Sheriff SmithNew York State Office of Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey and Sheriff Smith

Commissioner Rose Harvey of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith presided at a ceremonial launching of a new patrol boat on the Hudson River earlier today (Thursday).

The ceremony, held at the Cold Spring Boat Club marina, was attended by State Parks officials, law enforcement officers from several area agencies, boat club members and local residents. Patrol boats and crews from the State Park Police, Environmental Conservation Police, and the Counties of Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Dutchess and Putnam assembled in the marina for the occasion.

As those gathered looked on, Commissioner Harvey and Sheriff Smith climbed aboard to inspect the 2013 24-feet-long Boston Whaler Enforcer, which the State is furnishing for use by the Sheriff’s Office under an intergovernmental agreement. The new boat replaces another vessel that State Parks previously provided to the Sheriff’s Office for its use.


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