About Sheriff Anderson

Sheriff Butch AndersonAdrian “Butch” Anderson was born and raised in Pawling where continues to live. While growing up, he attended the Pawling High School, where he excelled as an athlete. Following graduation, he attended Ulster Community college in NY and then transferred to Chapman College in Orange County, California. While attending the Chapman College, he majored in Physical Education and was appointed the Assistant Director of Intermural Sports as well as other leadership roles.

Sheriff Anderson entered a career in Law Enforcement when he was appointed Deputy Sheriff with the Dutchess County Sheriffs Office in 1970. After working primarily in the Harlem Valley section of Dutchess County, Sheriff Anderson proved himself as a leader in Law Enforcement and was subsequently promoted to Detective and then assigned to the Major Case Squad. As a result, Sheriff Anderson was able to show his abilities and persistence by bringing numerous robbery and murder investigations to successful conclusions. Sheriff Anderson continued to excel in this field and became a police instructor. In 1977, Sheriff Anderson’s career came to its pinnacle when he attended and graduated from the 110,h session of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. During his career, Sheriff Anderson has been awarded numerous citations for in the line of duty accomplishments, which included a staggering five Combat Crosses.

In 1993, Sheriff Anderson was appointed Undersheriff and was responsible for overseeing the day to day operations of the Law Enforcement and Correctional Division at the Sheriffs Office. In 1999, Sheriff Anderson was elected as the Chief Law Enforcement Officer for Dutchess County, when he became the Sheriff of Dutchess County. Sheriff Anderson has continued to be elected and serve as Dutchess County’s Sheriff since then.

Dutchess County is 814 Square miles and has a population of nearly 300,000 citizens. Sheriff Anderson leads a staff of over 550 people who are responsible for the safety and security of the residence of Dutchess County.

Sheriff Anderson first entered into polities, when he was elected Mayor of the Village of Pawling in 1983, holding that office for eight years. He is the past chairman of the Village of Pawling GOP and is presently a member of the Dutchess County GOP Executive Committee, as well as being on the Executive Board of the New York State Sheriffs Association. He also currently sits as a member of the New York State Sheriffs Association Legislative Committee, Accreditation Committee and Witness Assistance Program.

Sheriff Anderson is also a current and past member of many organizations, which include the following:

  • Poughkeepsie Elks BPOE Lodge No. 275
  • Fraternal Order of Police
  • Dutchess Community College Foundation Board
  • FBI National Academy Association
  • YMCA Board of Directors
  • The Harlem Valley Golf Club
  • The Pawling Fire Department
  • Board member of the Make a Wish Foundation of the Hudson Valley
  • Chairman of numerous organizations such as the American Heart Association, the March of Dimes, Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
  • Founding Board Member and Executive Director of the Ryan McElroy Children’s Cancer Foundation.

Sheriff Anderson was also selected “Man of the Year” by the Pawling Fire Department for his outstanding service to the community and the fire department. Sheriff Anderson received the 2004 “Distinguished Citizen of the Year” from the Hudson Valley Council Boy Scouts of America. He has always been active in civic and community affairs, and was the recipient of the 2004 Greater Southern Dutchess Chamber of Commerce – Commitment to Community Award. He was issued “Ambassador for Peace” from the interreligious and International Federation for World Peace, was recognized by the Temple of I Cheng for his “Years of Dedication Service” and received the Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award from the St. Mark A.M.E. Zion Church. The Family Partnership Center of Dutchess County Presented an award of Appreciation to Sheriff Anderson for his years of service on their board; he has also received the Commendation Award from the Dutchess County Conservative Party and the Red Hook GOP.

In 2009 he received the John Flowers Community Activist Award. The St. Cabrini Home for Children Awarded Sheriff Anderson their Gold Medal in 2010 for his service to the community. This past April, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Dutchess County awarded Sheriff Anderson the Humanitarian of the Year Award for all of his work assisting families of children with cancer.

Sheriff Anderson continues to be known as a “Cops Cop” because he has worked his way through the ranks at the Sheriffs Office and has not forgotten where he came from and why he entered Law Enforcement.

Living his motto
Treat people the way you want to be treated.