The Sheriff's Office has four dedicated and well respected members of the local clergy who volunteer their services as Chaplains; Reverend Ronald Grant, Deacon Warren Dorsch, Reverend Richard Turpin and Reverend Suzette E. Turpin.

Initiated in 2006 by Sheriff David Harrison, Jr., the Chaplaincy Program began with Reverent Grant and Deacon Dorsch and is the law enforcement link to religious organizations in our County, which ultimately assists the Chaplains to effectively and humanely deal with life situations, stressful times and routine criminal justice challenges.  The Chaplains may be called upon to assist and provide comfort to victims and their family or members of the Sheriff's Office and their family who have experienced a stressful and traumatic situation.

Also an important part of the program are, Reverend Suzette E. Turpin and Reverend Richard D. Turpin.  Both oversee the Inmate Ministries Program in our county jail.  The Inmate Ministries Program allows those incarcerated access to spiritual and other human services programs which reach beyond the jail cell.

Able to provide spiritual and limited mental and emotional assistance, the Chaplains and their support team are an important resource for the Sheriff's Office.

Rev. Ronald Grant, Pastor
Shiloh Baptist Church
14 Warren Street
Hudson, NY 12534
Warren (Ed) Dorsch, Deacon 
St. James Roman Catholic Church
333 Roxbury Road
Hudson, NY 12534
Rev. Suzette Turpin, Pastor
Second Baptist Church
Catskill, NY 12414
Rev. Richard Turpin, Pastor
Second Baptist Church
Catskill, NY 12414

Rev. John Miller
Word and Faith Ministries
P.O. Box 164
Philmont, NY 12565


The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office recognizes that the spiritual, human services and recovery needs of those incarcerated are an important part of rehabilitation.  There are several organized secular and religious programs in the correctional facility that have trained volunteers who help meet those needs for the women and men incarcerated in the facility.

If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer - please legibly complete the attached forms and mail them to: 

Columbia County Sheriff’s Office

Corrections Division - Volunteer Program

85 Industrial Tract

Hudson, NY 12534

Please click HERE for volunteer sheets

For more information regarding the Prison Rape Elimation Act (PREA), 
please see section under Corrections Division Tab.