The Columbia County Deputy Sheriff’s Benevolent Association has voted overwhelmingly to endorse Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett for reelection.
In issuing their endorsement, the union cited Bartlett’s more than three decades with the department, unparalleled experience, and overall dedication to the community, public safety, and the safety and well-being of police officers as reasons for their strong support.
Prior to being elected Sheriff in 2013, Bartlett spent 29 years with the Sheriff’s Office serving as Deputy Sheriff Jailer, Deputy Sheriff Patrol, K-9 Handler, Patrol Sergeant, Criminal Investigator, and Captain.
Since being elected, Sheriff Bartlett has supported and championed programs like the School Resource Deputy Sheriff program and the Resident Deputy Community Policing program, and has worked to improve inter-agency cooperation among the county’s law enforcement and emergency services agencies.
In announcing the endorsement, union President David Proper expressed the importance of having someone with strong management skills and institutional knowledge at the helm. “Sheriff Bartlett has dedicated his life to this agency and the people of Columbia County,” said Proper. “He’s served in virtually every role in the department and understands the ins and outs of the Sheriff’s Office like no one else. He has proven himself an effective and accomplished Sheriff and is worthy of reelection,” Proper added.
The Columbia County Deputy Sheriff’s Benevolent Association is affiliated with the Police Conference of New York, Inc. (PCNY), and represents the men and women of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office law enforcement division.