Butch Anderson, Longtime Dutchess County Sheriff has died early Wednesday at his home in Pawling. The 50-year-old veteran was was 73 and in the middle of his sixth four-year term as sheriff when he passed away.
The cause of his death has not been announced.
Andrson’s survivors include his wife, Danielle Giametta Anderson, and four children.
Anderson was born July 12, 1948, and was raised in Pawling. He graduated from Pawling High School and was a lifelong resident of Dutchess County.
In 2014, he was inducted into the high school’s Hall of Fame for football, baseball, and basketball.
Anderson served as an honorary New York state co-chairman of Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016 and then as co-chairman of Trump’s state transition team after the 2016 election.
In 1977, Butch graduated from the FBI Law Enforcement Academy in Quantico, Va. He was named Dutchess County undersheriff in 1993 and was also elected sheriff in 1999 and then re-elected in 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019.
Andreson joined the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy on Dec. 1, 1970, and he later was promoted to detective and assigned to the Major Case Squad.
Anderson also served as the mayor of the village of Pawling from 1984 through the end of 1991.
Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro said in a statement on Wednesday, “Today we have lost an extraordinary public servant. “Butch devoted his entire life to protecting and serving the community he loved so dearly. Throughout his life, he was a true leader – in law enforcement, in elected office, and in service to community organizations.”
Molinaro added, “His call to serve ensured the safety of our community for more than 50 years and made a measurable difference in the lives of countless children, families, and residents. “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 only ask of all of us: ‘Treat others the way you want to be treated.’”
state Sen. Sue Serino, a Hyde Park resident and former Dutchess County legislator said, “Our community has lost a true hero, and words hardly feel like enough to articulate the full debt of gratitude we owe to the sheriff and his loved ones.”
The Rhinebeck Fire Department, also on Facebook, said Anderson “cared deeply for his family, his deputies and all first responders. He dedicated his life to serving our county.”