Sheriff David P. Barlett

Sheriff Bartlett began his new enforcement career with the Town of Germantown Police Department as a Patrolman part time.  I 1984, he was appointed as a Deputy Sheriff Jailer, which at that time was the entry level position within the Sheriff's Office.  Sheriff Bartlett has held the positions of Patrol Deputy Sheriff, Patrol Sergeant, Criminal Investigator and Captain before taking office as Sheriff on January 1, 2014.

Sheriff Bartlett earned an Associates Degree from University of New York in Cobleskill and has received training in multiple corrections and law enforcement areas such as Police Supervision, Incident Command, Accident Investigation and Counter Terrorism.  He is certified as a Police Instructor in general topics with specialties in Firearms and Chemical Agents.  He has instructed in in-service training and at the Zone 14 Law Enforcement Academy.  In May of 1995, Sheriff Bartlett attended the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City for Advanced Narcotics Training.  Sheriff Bartlett is also certified by the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary in Boating Skills and Seamanship, and as a snowmobile instructor with the New York State Parks and Recreation.

Sheriff Bartlett served on the original Drug Entry/Emergency Response Team, working his way up to assistant team leader.  He has served on the Sheriff's Marine Patrol and with the Columbia County Drug Task Force.  Working with two different dogs as partners, he was a police K-9 handler form 1993 through 2003 and is certified as a K-9 Examiner,  Sheriff Bartlett and his K-9 partners, Asko and Akim, were trained in the fields of narcotics detection, criminal apprehension and tracking.

In addition to various certificates of appreciation, Sheriff Bartlett has received numerous service awards including an award from the Insurance Women of the Hudson Valley for his part in disarming a suicidal individual, and an award from the new York State Sheriffs' Association for rescuing an individual from a burning vehicle.

Sheriff Bartlett is currently the 2nd Assistant Chief of Palmer Engine and Hose Volunteer Fire Department in Kinderhook, NY.  He is also very active with Sports and Therapeutic Recreation Instruction/Developmental Education (S.T.R.I.D.E.) and is a coach for the Northern Columbia Little League.  David is also an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting, sport shooting, camping, snowboarding, geocaching and collecting maple syrup with his children.

David resides in Kinderhook with his wife Lori and their children.