Undersheriff James R. Sweet began his career in 1983 when he joined the Columbia County Sheriff's Office as a deputy sheriff jailer.
In 1984 he was appointed as a Communications Officer and dispatched Police, Fire and Rescue before E-911. In 1987 he was
appointed as a Deputy Sheriff with the Law Enforcement Division. He has since held the positions of Patrol Sergeant and 1st Sergeant.
In 2002 he was promoted to the rank of Captain of the Law Enforcement Division and then in 2006 as Undersheriff by Sheriff David
Undersheriff Sweet was an original member of the Sheriff's Office SWAT team, which was formed in 1995, holding the positions of
Assistant Team Leader, Team Leader and SWAT Commander. Undersheriff Sweet has completed numerous law enforcement training
courses and is certified as an Evidence Technician. He has been involved in investigations of major cases in Columbia County
including homicides, assaults, and suspicious death investigations. Undersheriff Sweet has been a member of the Hudson Fire
Department for 28 years. He is a life member of Hudson Elks Lodge 787 and has been an assistant little league coach. Undersheriff
Sweet has been married to his wife Mary for fifteen years and has one son, James Jr.
Sheriff David W. Harrison, Jr. 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 steadily worked his way through the ranks
holding the positions of Communications Officer, Patrol Deputy Sheriff, Criminal Investigator, Administrative Sergeant and Captain of
the Law Enforcement Division. In 2002 he was appointed Undersheriff and managed the daily activities of the Office. In addition to
working on major cases as an investigator, he was also involved in drug investigation operations with the Columbia County Drug Task
Force and was an original member of the Sheriff's Office Drug Entry Team, which later became the SWAT team.
Sheriff Harrison is a strong advocate of law enforcement training and community policing. Included in his list of police and corrections
training is attendance of 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. He 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. Sheriff Harrison is a member of the New York State Sheriff's Association and serves on its Legislative
Committee. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the NYS Sheriff's Association Institute, the Columbia County Agricultural
Society and the Columbia County Association in the City of New York. Sheriff Harrison 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.
During his service as a police officer and deputy sheriff, Sheriff Harrison has received numerous certificates of appreciation, sheriff's
commendations and service awards including the Exceptional Duty and 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
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.
|Columbia County Sheriff's Office
David W. Harrison, Jr., SHERIFF James R. Sweet, UNDERSHERIFF
While respecting the rights of all, the Columbia
County Sheriff’s Office will work continuously to
provide full service modern, professional and
community oriented public safety to those who visit,
work and reside in our county. The Law Enforcement,
Corrections and Civil duties of the Office will be
carried out emphasizing the highest standards of
honesty, integrity, civility and cooperation.
|Copyright ©2006 Columbia County Sheriff's Office, Hudson, NY 12534
|She manages the administration office for the Sheriff and Undersheriff,
handles scheduling and correspondences for both, oversees Sheriffs
Office accounts, reviews legal documents and coordinates
administrative matters. She organizes the local effort for the NYS
Sheriffs Association Institute summer youth camp which allows young
people from our county to participate each year.
Ms. Milone earned her Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from
Northeastern University in Boston, MA. She resides in Kinderhook
with her husband Tim.