Adrian "Butch" Anderson
Adrian "Butch" Anderson was elected Sheriff of Dutchess County in 1999. Currently, he leads a staff of 550 employees and protects and serves the county's population of 280,150 and an area of 816 square miles. He currently serves on the Executive Board of the New York State Sheriff's Association. Sheriff Anderson is a member of many organizations including the Poughkeepsie B.P.O.E. #275, Fraternal Order of Police, Dutchess Community College Foundation Board, FBI National Academy, Dutchess County Detectives, Dutchess County Chiefs Association, Pawling Lions Club, and Pawling Fire Department, and Make-a-Wish Foundation. Sheriff Anderson is the Executive Director of the Board for the Ryan McElroy Children’s Cancer Foundation. He got involved with the Foundation after attending the unveiling of a Bronze monument in the likeness of a child which was dedicated to all children who are battling life-threatening diseases. Sheriff Anderson, being a key public figure, was inspired by this grass roots organization that everyday people built from scratch and how they have dedicated their time and efforts on a 100% volunteer basis. Why this Foundation stands out for Sheriff Anderson is there is no dealing with red-tape; when a child is in need of medicine, doctors, transportation, etc., the Foundation goes into action. In most instances, the Board provides assistance to the families right away. The number of lives they have touched multiplies daily. He has given so much of his time and energy to help the Foundation raise money.