The Resident Deputy Sheriff's Program in our county was initiated in 2002.  There are currently five Deputy Sheriff's who serve in this program.  In addition to Deputy Sheriff's who are assigned patrol zones and begin patrol from the Public Safety Facility, Resident Deputy Sheriffs are assigned a patrol vehicle to patrol the town they live in, and surrounding towns.  They start and end patrols from their residence.  Additionally, during each semester, Columbia-Greene Community College becomes a diversified community and is assigned a Deputy Sheriff as a resource to security, the faculty, the students and the administration.

The primary duties of Resident Deputy Sheriffs include Community Relations and Interaction, Police Patrol and Investigation, Traffic Safety Education and Enforcement, Underage Drinking and DWI Education and Enforcement, Handicapped Parking Education and Enforcement and all other standard duties of a law enforcement officer.  They have flexibility to work different hours depending on public safety situations encountered in their assigned areas.  Periodically, the Resident Deputy Sheriff's will conduct special DWI and underage operation violation patrols in areas where problems are indicated by an increase in motor vehicle accidents, citizen complaints and youth activity related to underage drinking.

Resident Deputy Sheriffs routinely attend community days, community/public events and schools in their assigned areas.  They will conduct informational lectures on Bicycle Safety, Handicapped Parking or other law enforcement areas of interest, or arrange for an expert in a specific field to conduct a lecture.

The Resident Deputy Program began with two Deputy Sheriff's and currently has five members.  All municipalities in Columbia County, have a Deputy Sheriff assigned to it.  The program is evaluated by public response and input through government leaders and community representatives.  A deputy Sheriff is assigned to Columbia-Greene Community College as a resource for security, the faculty and the campus community.


Resident Deputy Sgt. Brian Molinksi - Livingston, Germantown, Clermont & Taghkanic

Deputy Sheriff Peter D. Merante - Claverack, Greenport and Ghent

Deputy Sheriff Joseph Kilmer - Hillsdale, Copake, Ancram and Gallatin

Deputy Sheriff Ryen Boehme - Kinderhook, Stuyvesant and Stockport

TBD - Canaan, New Lebanon, Chatham and Austerlitz


Copyright 2006 Columbia County Sheriff's Office, Hudson, NY 12534