Donald B. Smith

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Donald B. Smith
Born Danbury, Connecticut, US
Spouse(s) Jane Powell
Children two; nine grandchildren
Sheriff of Putnam County, New York
Chairman of the Board of the
American Security Council Foundation
Deputy County Executive of
Putnam County, New York
In office
1999–2001

Donald Blaine Smith is the former sheriff of Putnam County, New York. He served as the county's deputy executive from 1999 to 2001 and then served four consecutive terms as sheriff, from 2002 to the end of 2017.

Early life[edit]

Smith was born in Danbury, Connecticut, and grew up in Patterson, New York. His father, Donald B. Smith, was an eight-term town supervisor of Patterson and one of the first advocates for the creation of a County Executive's office and County Legislature in Putnam County.[1]

Career[edit]

Smith served as Deputy County Executive of Putnam County, New York from 1999 to 2001.[2]

He was first elected Sheriff of Putnam County in 2001 and was reelected three times. He was narrowly defeated for a fifth term in November 2017.[3]

While serving as sheriff, in March 2013 Smith issued press releases accusing then-District Attorney Adam Levy of interfering in an investigation into a claim that Levy's personal trainer had raped a young girl. The trainer was cleared at trial.[4] Levy counter-sued Smith for defamation. In June 2017, Smith dropped his suit and agreed to pay $25,000 of a $150,000 settlement; he also issued a statement retracting his statements that Levy had interfered in the investigation.[5][6][7]

Smith has been a senior fellow at the Center for Advanced Defense Studies[8] and served as Chairman of the Board of the American Security Council Foundation[9] and President of the Westchester/Putnam Boy Scout Council.[10] He was President of the New York State Sheriff's Association from 2012 to 2013.[11]

Personal[edit]

Smith was married to the former Jane Powell until her death in 2015. They have a son and a daughter.[2]

Electoral history[edit]

2017 General Election for Sheriff of Putnam County[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Donald B. Smith 11397 48%
Democratic Robert Langley 11732 50%
2013 General Election for Sheriff of Putnam County[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Donald B. Smith 11524 98.8%
2009 General Election for Sheriff of Putnam County[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Donald B. Smith 11563 59.7%
Democratic Kevin McConville 6440 33.3%
2005 General Election for Sheriff of Putnam County[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Donald B. Smith 13254 100% Unopposed
2001 Republican Primary Election for Sheriff of Putnam County[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Donald B. Smith 3536 65%
Republican Robert D. Thoubborn 2189 35%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Patterson Through the Years". Historicpatterson.org. Retrieved 2015-06-12. 
  2. ^ a b "Sheriff Donald B. Smith". Putnam County Sheriff's Department. Archived from the original on 2017-10-26. 
  3. ^ Fitz-Gibbon, Jorge (2017-11-15). "Putnam Sheriff: Absentee ballots confirm Langley victory". The News Journal. Retrieved 2017-11-16. 
  4. ^ Higgins, Lee (2014-04-03). "Hossu acquitted; juror convinced he was '100% innocent'". The Journal News . Retrieved 2017-11-16. 
  5. ^ "Putnam Sheriff Settles Defamation Case". highlandscurrent.com. 2017-06-16. Retrieved 2017-08-17. 
  6. ^ "Former Putnam County DA Adam Levy Wins Defamation Suit Against Sheriff". WCBS. 2017-06-13. Retrieved 2017-10-16. 
  7. ^ Propper, David (2017-06-28). "Legislature Approves Levy vs. Smith Settlement". The Examiner News. Retrieved 2017-10-16. 
  8. ^ "Data-Driven Conflict & Security Analysis". C4ads.org. Archived from the original on 2015-06-11. Retrieved 2015-06-12. 
  9. ^ "American Security Council Foundation (ASCF) : Content Pages". Ascfusa.org. Retrieved 2015-06-12. 
  10. ^ Gross, Eric (2009-06-04). "Local Boy Scouts Celebrate Century of Values". Putnamcountycourier.com. Retrieved 2015-06-12. 
  11. ^ "Bearing ArmsEmpire State sheriffs, Cuomo showdown". Humanevents.com. 2013-05-24. Retrieved 2015-06-12. 
  12. ^ "PUTNAM COUNTY GENERAL ELECTION" (PDF). Putnam County Board of Elections. Retrieved 20 December 2017. 
  13. ^ "PUTNAM COUNTY GENERAL ELECTION" (PDF). Putnam County Board of Elections. Retrieved 1 December 2017. 
  14. ^ "PUTNAM COUNTY GENERAL ELECTION" (PDF). Putname County Board of Elections. Retrieved 1 December 2017. 
  15. ^ "Putnam County Generla Election : State Propositionl" (PDF). Putnamcountyny.com. 2005. Retrieved 2015-06-12. 
  16. ^ "Primary Election Republican Sheriff : Town of Carmel" (PDF). Putnamcountyny.com. 2001. Retrieved 2015-06-12. 

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Preceded by
Robert D. Thoubboron
53d Sheriff of Putnam County, New York
2002–2018
Succeeded by
Robert Langley