David Bartlett, Sheriff - Columbia County


David Bartlett, Sheriff


John W. Davi, Undersheriff
85 Industrial Tract, Hudson, NY 12534
518 828-0601
Visit the Official Columbia County Sheriff's website


Sheriff Bartlett began his law enforcement career with the Town of Germantown Police Department as a Patrolman part time.  In 1984, he was appointed as a Deputy Sheriff Jailer, which at that time was the entry level position within the Office. Sheriff Bartlett has held the positions of patrol Deputy Sheriff, patrol Sergeant, Criminal Investigator and in 2006 was promoted to Captain by Sheriff David Harrison, Jr.  He was elected to replace the retiring Sheriff Harrison in November of 2013.

Sheriff Bartlett earned an Associates Degree from the University of New York in Cobleskill and has received training in corrections and law enforcement.  He is certified as a Police Instructor in general topics with specialties in Firearms and Chemical Agents. He has instructed in in-service training and at the Zone 14 Law Enforcement Academy.  He has received training in the areas of Police Supervision, Incident Command, Accident Investigation and Counter Terrorism.  In May of 1995, Sheriff Bartlett attended the John Jay College of criminal justice in New York City for Advanced Narcotics Training and is certified by the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary in Boating Skills and Seamanship.

Sheriff Bartlett served on the original Drug Entry/Emergency Response Team working his way up to assistant team leader. He has served on the Sheriff’s Marine Patrol and with the Columbia County Drug Task Force.  Working with two different dogs as partners, he was a police K-9 handler from 1993 through 2003 and is certified as a K-9 Examiner.  Sheriff Bartlett and his partners, K-9’s Asko and Akim, were trained in the fields of narcotics detection, criminal apprehension and tracking.

Columbia County has a population of 59,487 and an area of 643 miles.