2012-01-25 / Civics and Politics
Smith Now a Statewide Lawman
Putnam Sheriff Don Smith has a new title this week—President of the New York State Sheriff’s Association.
Smith took his oath of office in Albany last Thursday before his fellow sheriffs from around the state, his family, friends, elected Putnam officials including County Executive Mary Ellen Odell and County Judge James Reitz as well as members of the Putnam Sheriff’s Department.
Smith said he was “honored that the sheriffs across New York have given me this special honor during Putnam’s bicentennial year.”
Smith called the office of sheriff “one filled with history dating back to 14th century English nobility.”
Smith praised the NYS Sheriff’s Association for “raising the integrity and professionalism of the office of sheriff throughout the Empire State. Together with our police brethren on the state, town and village levels as well as our thousands of paid and volunteer emergency responders, we will continue to keep counties like Putnam safe allowing us to live, work and raise a family.”
Fifty-eight sheriffs are found across New York State—one in each county while one sheriff also serves the five boroughs of New York City.