On Monday, February 5, 2018, at a regular meeting at the Beekman Arms in Rhinebeck, the Rhinebeck Rotary Club was privileged to hear an address by Dutchess County Sheriff Adrian “Butch” Anderson.


A native of Pawling, Sheriff Anderson began his law enforcement career in 1970 as Deputy Sheriff with the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office. A graduate of the FBI’s National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, Sheriff Anderson was elected Chief Law Enforcement Officer for Dutchess County in 1999 and has served with distinction since then, having been awarded five Combat Crosses for accomplishments in the line of duty.


Sheriff Anderson praised the officers of his department, citing not the number of arrests made or cases solved in any one year, but rather the impressive list of activities his officers are involved in which serve the community. Dutchess County sheriffs, reported Sheriff Anderson, are truly dedicated to serving the people of the county.


Sheriff Anderson spent much of his talk concentrating on his department’s efforts combatting the growing opioid epidemic in the county and shared many passionate stories about how he and the members of his department have actually saved the lives of overdose victims. He cited the importance of education and public awareness in combatting the epidemic, which he called a health crisis, and downplayed arrests and sentencing.


The Rhinebeck Rotary Club meets on Mondays at 12:15 pm at the Beekman Arms throughout the year. The Rotary is a humanitarian organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of others through local, national and international service projects. Weekly meetings typically feature speakers covering a wide variety of human-interest topics. Interested guests are welcome to attend. For information on becoming a member, to reserve a speaker’s spot at an upcoming meeting, or to attend a meeting to hear a specific speaker, please call Lou Trapani at 845-876-3088, ext. 14.