Adrian “Butch” Anderson began his law enforcement career in 1970 when he was appointed Deputy Sheriff in Dutchess County. After spending a short time in uniformed patrol, he was promoted to Detective and responsible for the Major Cases Squad, where his abilities and persistence brought various robbery and murder investigations to successful conclusion.
Sheriff Anderson has an outstanding resume in professional training and as an instructor, highlighted by his graduation from the 110th session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He was appointed Undersheriff in 1993 and first elected Sheriff of Dutchess County in 1999. He won re-election as Sheriff in 2003.
Sheriff Anderson has been awarded numerous “in-the-line of service” citations, including five Combat Crosses. He has always been active in civic and community affairs, was recipient of the 2004 Greater Southern Dutchess Chamber of Commerce’s Commitment to Community Award, the 2004 Boy Scouts of America-Hudson Valley Council Distinguished Citizen Award, and serves as Chairman of numerous organizations, such as the American Heart Association, the March of Dimes and is a founding board member of the Ryan McElroy Children’s Cancer Foundation and a Board Member of the Make A Wish Foundation.