David W. Harrison, Jr., Sheriff
James R. Sweet, Undersheriff

85 Industrial Tract, Hudson, NY 12534
518 828-0601
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Education/Training:  Sheriff Harrison attended the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Course, Session # 48, at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.  He has attended Hudson Valley and Columbia-Greene Community Colleges and is certified as a Police Instructor specializing in Highway Drug Interdiction and Field Drug Testing. Sheriff Harrison is certified by the New York State Academy of Fire Sciences as a level II Fire Investigator and volunteers as instructor of the Fire Police Course for the Columbia County Fire Coordinator.   


Career: Sheriff Harrison has served as Sheriff of Columbia County since 2005. He began his Law Enforcement career as a Patrolman for the Chatham Village Police Department in 1983. He was appointed as a Deputy Sheriff Jailer with the Sheriff's Office in 1984.  He worked his way up through the ranks, holding the positions of Communications Officer, Patrol Deputy Sheriff, Criminal Investigator, Administrative Sergeant, Captain of the Law Enforcement Division, and Undersheriff.  He was an original member of the Sheriff's Office Drug Entry Team, which later became the SWAT team. Sheriff Harrison has served as Chairman of the NYS Zone 14 Counter Terrorism Committee and as a representative on the NYS Weapons of Mass Destruction Task Force.  


Honors and Achievements: Sheriff Harrison serves on the Board of Directors of the Columbia County Agricultural Society and the Columbia County Association in the City of New York.  He is a member of the Columbia County Safe Schools Committee, Homeland Security Task Force, participates with the Hudson Correctional Facility Community Advisory Board, University at Albany Regional Advisory Council - Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, and the University at Albany and Local Advisory Council - Perkins IV Career and Technical Education Act. 


Sheriff Harrison has received numerous awards, including the Exceptional Duty Award and the Honorable Service Awards.  He was also awarded the Meritorious Service Award for disarming a man who was threatening to kill Deputy Sheriffs then himself with a loaded rifle.   


Sheriff’s Office:  Since taking Office, Sheriff Harrison has increased in-service training, established Sheriff’s Office satellite offices, put computers in patrol cars and created the first Sheriff’s Office website. Working with his division commanders, his Office has achieved corrections and law enforcement state accreditation.  He has initiated programs such as the Senior Safety Net, Safe Child ID, Project Life Saver and Explorer Post 220.


Personal: Sheriff Harrison has coached little league baseball and Pop Warner Football and is a 30+ year volunteer firefighter with the Spencertown Fire Company.  He is a life long resident of Columbia County and has three sons with his wife Kelly.


County Seat: Hudson, NY
Population: 63,100
Area: 648 square miles