Putnam County Sheriff
Robert L. Langley, Jr, the 55th Putnam County Sheriff, is committed to Putnam County and has built his life around public service. He was raised in Carmel and graduated from the Mahopac Central School District. He makes his home on a small farm in Garrison with his wife, Lydia JA Langley, and is the founder and president of a private security company serving commercial and residential clients.
Robert served with distinction in the Putnam County Sheriff’s department from 1984 until his retirement in 2007. As a Deputy, Robert served as a Criminal Investigator assigned to forensics and identification, as a member of the K-9 unit, and as a training officer in emergency communications. His experience reaches to every level in the Department, including patrol assignment and duty in the County correctional facility. He served in the Mahopac Volunteer Fire Department for 14 years, four as a line officer; seven years in the Garrison Volunteer Fire Company, five as line officer and two as chief; and two years in the Continental Village Fire Department in Philipstown.
As Deputy Sheriff, Robert was commended for outstanding service to the citizens of Putnam County in 2002 and 2003, and twice in both 2004 and 2005. His commendations recognized his compassionate service to the mentally ill, exemplary performance in narcotics investigations and arrests, saving the life of a fellow Deputy, and his apprehension of a driver who fled the scene after hitting a school bus. In 1995, Robert was selected as member of the elite unit that served as security detail to Pope John Paul II on his visit to Yonkers. In 2012, he was given the Meritorious Service Award and the Medal of Honor from the Garrison Fire Company, as well as commendation from the Putnam County Executive, for his single-handed rescue of a family trapped by rising tidal waters in Super Storm Sandy.
Robert has a wide range of community-based interests and loves living in Putnam County. He enjoys being active on our trails and on the Hudson River. He and his wife are devoted to sustainable agricultural practices on their family farm; Robert is an avid beekeeper, as well. They are proponents of human rights protections and also volunteer their time and resources with various animal rescue organizations. Robert has two grown sons, one of whom serves in Putnam County’s Bureau of Emergency Services as a 911 dispatcher.
Robert L. Langley, Jr will bring experience, excellence and integrity to the office of Putnam County Sheriff. He will give respect and honor to his Deputies, and will ask the same of them in their service to all residents of Putnam County.