Dutchess County Sheriff Butch Anderson dies – Daily Freeman


POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – Longtime Dutchess County Sheriff Adrian “Butch” Anderson was remembered Wednesday as an “extraordinary public servant” and “true hero” who loved the community he served.

Anderson, a 50-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office and his elected leader for more than two decades, died early Wednesday at his home in Pawling, Deputy Sheriff Kirk Imperati said. Anderson was 73 and was in the middle of his sixth four-year term as sheriff.

The cause of death was not provided.

“Today we have lost an extraordinary civil servant,” Dutchess County Director Marc Molinaro said in a statement. “… Butch has dedicated his entire life to protecting and serving the community he loved so much. Throughout his life he was a true leader – in law enforcement, in elected office and in the service of community organizations.

“His call to serve has kept our community safe for over 50 years and made a measurable difference in the lives of countless children, families and residents,” added Molinaro. “Our hearts are broken today. … He was my friend, a mentor and I loved him like an uncle. Butch Anderson was truly second to none, and we will honor him by following his example and his one request to all of us: “Treat others as you want to be treated.”

Molinaro ordered that the flags of all Dutchess County facilities be hoisted at half mast in memory of Anderson, and the executive said the county office building would be illuminated with blue lights in tribute to the late sheriff.

Imperati will serve as interim sheriff until New York Governor Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, appoints a successor to Anderson, who was a Republican. It was not immediately clear on Wednesday whether the person appointed will serve the remainder of Anderson’s term, which was due to end on December 31, 2023, or whether a special election will be held before that date.

Andreson joined the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office as an assistant on December 1, 1970, and was subsequently promoted to detective and assigned to Major Case Squad. He graduated from the FBI Law Enforcement Academy in Quantico, Va., In 1977, and was appointed Deputy Sheriff of Dutchess County in 1993. He was elected sheriff in 1999, then re-elected in 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019.

Anderson was also mayor of the village of Pawling from 1984 until the end of 1991.

Local leaders and others who knew Anderson mourned the late sheriff on Wednesday.

“Our community has lost a true hero, and words barely seem enough to express the debt of gratitude we owe the sheriff and his loved ones,” said Senator Sue Serino.

Serino, a Hyde Park resident and former Dutchess County lawmaker, said Anderson “was not just a dear personal friend, but someone who felt like a father, brother and confidant to all. who crossed his path. He was truly a steadfast and selfless leader who treated our entire community like family. “

Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison, former Speaker of the Dutchess County Legislature and a former member of the County Sheriff’s Office, said Anderson “has served this county with dignity and civility for decades, and he will remain in this county for decades. remembered as one of the truly gifted leaders of the Hudson Valley.

“Butch took his vital role to heart and worked diligently for the betterment and safety of communities across Dutchess County and beyond,” Rolison said. “… Butch, at all levels, was a dedicated and courageous member of this department, but what has always impressed me is his love for this county, the people who live here and his overwhelming commitment to the Valley of the Hudson. “

The Ulster County Sheriff’s Office, headed by Juan Figueroa, said on its Facebook page that Anderson “was a legend in the Hudson Valley and dedicated more than half a century to serving his community. . His unique leadership style will be sorely missed.

The Rhinebeck Fire Department, also on Facebook, said Anderson “cared deeply for his family, his assistants and all first responders. He dedicated his life to serving our county.

At the end of 2020, Anderson’s half-century of service in the Sheriff’s Office was celebrated with a dedication ceremony for a caravan and building. The trailer included the Sheriff’s family and his closest friends, who traveled from Pawling to the Poughkeepsie County Law Enforcement Center.

Imperati, the Deputy Sheriff, said Wednesday he was “honored and proud to serve by [Anderson’s] side every day. The sheriff was not only a mentor and a close friend, but he was like a second father to me.

“We lost a great man today,” Imperati said. “He will be sadly missed by the members and staff of the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office and all those in Dutchess County who have been positively touched by his kindness, care and generosity over the years.”

Anderson was friends with Donald Trump and he spoke at a Trump rally in Poughkeepsie in April 2016, but the sheriff’s support for his fellow Republican was not unequivocal. In 2017, after the white supremacist / neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in which a counter-protester was killed, Anderson criticized the president for not calling hate groups by name.

“I thought he could have been more specific about that, and especially against racists,” Anderson told The Freeman at the time. “He is not racist and he certainly does not tolerate any of this in any way. I know he doesn’t, [but] I thought so, he should have been more specific.

Dutchess County Sheriff Adrian ‘Butch’ Anderson, right, speaks during a campaign rally for then-presidential candidate Donald Trump in April 2016 at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie , NY, as Trump looks left. (Tania Barricklo / Daily Freeman file)

Anderson served as New York State Honorary Co-Chair of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, and then co-chair of Trump’s State Transition Team following the 2016 election.

Anderson was born July 12, 1948 and raised in Pawling. He graduated from Pawling High School and has lived his entire life in Dutchess County.

In 2014, he was inducted into the High School Hall of Fame for Football, Baseball and Basketball.

Anderson has served on numerous boards of directors and has been a member of numerous community organizations. He was a founding board member and executive director of the Ryan McElroy Children’s Cancer Foundation.

Andrson’s survivors include his wife, Danielle Giametta Anderson, and four children.

Danielle Anderson, in a prepared statement, said her husband “has been a wonderful husband, father and friend to all. Our family appreciates everyone’s outpouring of support as we mourn our loss. “

Funeral arrangements were not announced immediately on Wednesday.

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