Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett has made official his plans to seek re-election in November. Bartlett, a Republican from Kinderhook, was overwhelmingly elected to the post in 2013, receiving more than 65% of votes cast.
“I’m enormously proud of the work we’ve been able to do, the accomplishments we’ve made, and the service we’ve been able to provide to the citizens of Columbia County,” Sheriff Bartlett said. “When I first ran for Sheriff four years ago, I pledged to put deputies back into our public schools, enhance intra-agency cooperation, increase community policing, and work with area sportsmen to promote hunter safety education and awareness. I’m happy to report that I have kept those promises and done just that,” the Sheriff added.
Among other accomplishments as Sheriff, Bartlett lists creation of the Columbia-Greene Shared Services Response Team (SWAT), upgraded equipment and readiness – including equipping all patrol vehicles with computers and video cameras, and his agency’s push to combat the drug epidemic by committing additional resources to drug investigations, implementation of the county’s first Narcan Response Program, and the Vivitrol Program to help addicts stay sober upon release from jail – one of only a handful of such programs in New York State.
“I truly love my job. It’s an honor to come to work every day and to serve the people of Columbia County as their Sheriff. It’s a tremendous responsibility, and one that I don’t take lightly, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”