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The Sheriffs Institute Team

Board of Directors

  • William E. Yessman

    William E. Yessman , Vice Chairman

    Schuyler County Sheriff

    Sheriff William E. Yessman, Jr. began his law enforcement career in 1985, working in both the Schuyler County Jail and the Emergency Dispatch Center. After completing the basic police course at the Southern Tier Law Enforcement Academy, he was promoted to the Sheriff’s Road Patrol. In 1991, Bill Yessman was promoted to Sergeant and five years later promoted to Lieutenant. He became Sheriff Mike Maloney’s Undersheriff in 2001 and took on the additional responsibilities as Schuyler County’s STOP DWI Coordinator as well.
    Sheriff Yessman has attended numerous law enforcement and corrections schools and earned his A.A.S. Degree in Criminal Justice. His commitment to education influenced his development as an instructor at the Southern Tier Law Enforcement Academy and various law enforcement conferences and seminars.
    Sheriff Yessman also serves as Law Enforcement Coordinator at the Watkins Glen International Racetrack, which draws over two hundred thousand spectators annually.
    Schuyler County has a population of 19,600 and is 331 square miles in size.

  • David E. Harder

    David E. Harder

    Broome County Sheriff

    Sheriff David E. Harder has been a member of the Broome County Sheriff’s Office since January 1, 1964. Sheriff Harder was Broome County’s first Warrant Officer, as well as the County’s first Narcotics Officer. Before being elected to the Office of Sheriff in 1998, Harder was a Sheriff’s Detective for over 25 years and attained the rank of Detective Sergeant. Sheriff Harder, in conjunction with the Division of Criminal Justice Services, has been instrumental in developing and implementing numerous statewide reporting procedures such as the Standardized Incident Report, the Standardized Arrest Report, and the Standardized Domestic Incident Report. He has also been on the Statewide Criminal Justice Data Dictionary committee for over 10 years. He serves on the Executive Committee for the Boy Scouts of America, Baden-Powell Council and also serves as a member of SEPP, Inc. (Serving the Elderly through Project Planning).  In 2002, Governor Pataki appointed Sheriff Harder to the New York State Arson Board. Harder is a past recipient of the New York State Sheriffs’ Association’s Carl F. Draxler Award. He has also been honored several times by the American Legion as the State, County and Local Policeman of the Year. The Sheriff also served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve in the 48th Rifle Company. Broome County has a population of 197,000 and encompasses 850 square miles.

  • Timothy B. Howard

    Timothy B. Howard

    Erie County Sheriff

    Sheriff Timothy B. Howard is a 40 year law enforcement veteran, including 24 years with the New York State Police. He has served in various assignments across the State, including Buffalo, Long Island, the Adirondacks and the Southern Tier. As a Staff Inspector in the State Police, he was responsible for the coordination of services in the State Police Forensic Investigation Center; he supervised the Planning and Research Section.

    Sheriff Howard is a recipient of the Brummer Award, the highest award given by the New York State Police as a result of his actions during a 1982 domestic dispute in which his partner, Trooper Gary Kubasiak, was tragically killed. He is unquestionably a member of the “law enforcement family.” One of his brothers retired as the Chief of Police in Eden, Erie County; another, a retired Lieutenant from the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Department; while a third is a retired Senior Investigator with the NY State Police, and now a Town Justice. Tim’s sister is married to a NY State Correction Officer. His two sons, daughter-in-law and two nephews are NY State Troopers while another is a Deputy Sheriff.  In 1998, he was appointed Erie County Undersheriff where he personally oversaw the eight Division Chiefs who direct the daily operation of the Erie County Sheriff’s Office. He was elected Sheriff in 2006.  Sheriff Howard is a 2000 graduate of the FBI National Academy and has a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from SUNY Albany. He has taught extensively at the State Police Academy in Albany and in the Criminal Justice Program at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Sheriff Howard serves on the Board of Directors of the NYS Sheriffs’ Association Institute. Erie County has a population of 921,390 and an area of 1,046 square miles

  • Karl G. Abrams

    Karl G. Abrams

    Hamilton County Sheriff

    Sheriff Karl G. Abrams was elected Sheriff of Hamilton County in 2009, and commenced his first term of office on January 1, 2010. Sheriff Abrams started his law enforcement career in June of 1992. He was hired as a Navigational Officer to patrol the numerous lakes in the southern portion of Hamilton County. In the fall of 1992, he was hired as a Deputy Sheriff and was assigned to County court security and inmate transports. In January 1993 he attended the Zone 9 Police Academy in Plattsburgh, NY. After graduating from the academy he was assigned to the road patrol.

    In 1997, upon the retirement of the Undersheriff, he was promoted to Lieutenant and Undersheriff. He currently holds numerous dive certificates and still is the diver for the Sheriff's Office. He holds an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Mohawk Valley Community College. He has attended numerous in-service training courses, including the Sheriff's Association Civil School. He still patrols, handles complaints and conducts accident investigations.

    Hamilton County is the 3rd largest county in New York State with roughly 1800 square miles and has a resident population of approximately 5100.

  • Gary W. Howard

    Gary W. Howard

    Tioga County Sheriff

    Sheriff Gary W. Howard is serving his 2nd term, and has over 30 years of experience with the Tioga County Sheriff’s Office. Prior to being elected Sheriff in 2004, he served as a Corrections Officer; Road Patrol Deputy; Patrol Shift Supervisor; Criminal Investigator and Senior Investigator. Sheriff Howard is also an Army Veteran, having served three years in the U.S. Army, assigned as a Military Police Sergeant with the 287th MP Company at Check Point Charlie, Berlin, Germany. He has attended the National Sheriffs’ Institute, and serves on the New York State e-Justice Advisory Board and is a member of the New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute Board of Directors.
    Tioga County has an estimated population of 51,784 and an area of 518 square miles.

  • Michael H. Zurlo

    Michael H. Zurlo , Treasurer

    Saratoga County Sheriff

    Sheriff Michael H. Zurlo (R,I) was born and raised in the City of Mechanicville where he began his law-enforcement career with the Mechanicville Police department before transferring to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Zurlo worked for the Saratoga County Sheriff’s office for more than 30 years as a deputy, sergeant, lieutenant and senior criminal investigator. Prior to becoming Sheriff of Saratoga County, Michael Zurlo served as the Town Justice of the Town of Stillwater.

    Sheriff Zurlo was elected to serve Saratoga County on November 5, 2013.

    Saratoga County has a population of 219,607 and an area of 815 square miles.

  • Ronald G. Spike

    Ronald G. Spike , Chairman

    Yates County Sheriff

    Sheriff Ron Spike has been with the Yates County Sheriff’s Office since 1970.  He grew up living in the Sheriff’s residence, attached to the old 1904 county jail as his father George was Sheriff from 1958 to 1981. Upon graduation from Monroe Community College in 1970 Ron was hired as a deputy sheriff and did road and marine patrol and was the first agency youth officer. In 1973, he was promoted to Detective. In 1982, he was promoted to Chief Deputy Sheriff where he supervised  the law enforcement bureau and CID.  He was first elected Sheriff for a term beginning January 1, 1992 and re-elected five terms since.

    He has been honored with several awards in his career and was the 1981 New York State Sheriffs’ Association’s Deputy Sheriff of the Year for saving a life in a house fire. Spike has attended numerous training courses, including the 144th session of the FBI National Academy, the National Sheriffs’ Institute, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NYSSA, FLLEA, DCJS, and the Rural Executive Institute. He is a graduate of the Pelletier County Government Institute at Cornell University. Sheriff Spike is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of the New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute. He was President of the New York State Sheriffs’ Association (NYSSA) in 2000 and continues as a Life Member. He represents NYSSA on the Board of Directors for the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) and is a member of the Standards/Ethics/Training, Global Affairs, and Court Security/Civil Committees at the NSA. Sheriff Spike, a certified Police Instructor has held four Governors appointments on the NYS Municipal Police Training Council since 1997 and is the current Chairman. He also Chairs the Public Safety Committee for NYSAC.

    He is active in the Yates County community with several agencies and boards. He is a member of the United Methodist Church, and is Past President and currentSecretary of the Penn Yan Lions Club where he has been honored as a Melvin Jones Fellow. He and Sue, his wife of 43 years, have three children and seven grand children.

    Yates County is home to the NYS Sheriffs' Summer Camp on Keuka Lake, and has a population of 33,000 which doubles during the summer, and an area of 334 miles with 64 miles of shoreline on three Finger Lakes. 

  • Gregory Rudolph

    Gregory Rudolph

    Wyoming County Sheriff

    Education/Training: Greg holds an Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice from Genesee Community College and is currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1994-1997 most of which was aboard the USS John F. Kennedy. 

    Career: Gregory J. Rudolph was appointed by Sheriff Heimann on August 31, 2009.  Greg has been with the Wyoming County Sheriff's Office since 2001 with the last four years assigned as Patrol Sergeant. He started his law enforcement career at the Attica Police Department in 1997 and had a two year stint with the then Immigration and Naturalization Service as a Detention Enforcement Officer.  

    Honors and Achievements: In 2006, Greg was awarded the Law Enforcement Purple Heart by former Wyoming County Sheriff Farris Heimann. In 2007, Greg was honored by both the National Sheriffs' Association and the New York State Sheriffs' Association as "Deputy of the Year." At the National Sheriffs' Association ceremony he was also awarded the "Medal of Valor."  

    Personal: Greg is a member of SS Joachim and Anne Church in Attica, Attica Lions Club, American Legion Post in Attica and the Warsaw Veterans' Club. Greg and his wife, Pam have two children and reside in the Village of Attica. 

    County Seat: Warsaw, NY
    Population: 42,155
    Area: 596 square miles

  • Adrian H. Anderson

    Adrian H. Anderson

    Dutchess County Sheriff

    Sheriff Adrian “Butch” Anderson was born and raised in Pawling, NY. He graduated from Pawling High School in 1966, after which he attended Ulster Community College in New York and Chapman College in California, where he majored in Physical Education. During his high school and college careers Sheriff Anderson excelled in basketball, football, and baseball and has been inducted into the schools’ Halls of Fames for all three sports.  

    Sheriff Anderson was elected Mayor of the Village of Pawling in 1983 and held that office for eight years. He is a past Chairman of the Village of Pawling GOP, presently a member of the Dutchess County GOP Executive Committee, and is on the Executive Board of the New York State Sheriffs’ Association. He also presently sits as a member of the New York State Sheriffs’ Association Legislative Committee, Crime Prevention Committee, State-wide Communications E-911 Committee, Accreditations Committee and Witness Assistance Program.

    Sheriff Anderson is an active member of many organizations which include the Poughkeepsie Elks BPOE Lodge No. 275, Fraternal Order of Police, Dutchess Community College Foundation Board, FBI National Academy Association, YMCA Board of Directors, the Harlem Valley Golf Club and the Pawling Fire Department. He is a board member of the Make a Wish Foundation of the Hudson Valley and serves as chairman of numerous organizations such as the American Heart Association, The March of Dimes, and Big Brothers and Big Sisters. Sheriff Anderson is a founding board member of The McElroy Children’s Cancer Foundation and is extremely active with the foundation. Sheriff Anderson has also joined with actor and long time friend Mr. James Earl Jones in raising funds for several of the Pawling YMCA’s major projects. In addition Sheriff Anderson has always been committed to civic and community groups, evidenced by his numerous awards and accomplishments throughout the years. For a complete list of Sheriff Anderson’s awards please see the second page. 

    Sheriff Anderson began his law enforcement career in 1970 when he was appointed as a Deputy Sheriff with the Dutchess County Sheriff”s Office. After spending time in the Uniform Patrol Division he was promoted to Detective in 1974 and made part of the Major Case Squad, where his abilities and persistence brought several major investigations to successful conclusions. Sheriff Anderson has an extensive resume in both professional training and in police instruction, highlighted in 1977 by his graduation from the 110thsession of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. During his lengthy law enforcement career Sheriff Anderson has been awarded numerous citations for in the line of duty accomplishments, including five Combat Crosses and numerous apprehension awards. He was appointed Undersheriff in 1993 and was responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the entire Sheriff”s Office. First elected Sheriff of Dutchess County in 1999, Sheriff Anderson successfully completed his first four-year term of office and won re-election as Sheriff in 2003, 2007, 2011, and 2016. The start of Sheriff Anderson’s 4thfour-year term in January 2012 was highlighted by him being sworn in by long time friend and actor James Earl Jones, as well as the attendance of several dignitaries including US Senator Charles Schumer and US Representative Nan Hayworth. After an impeccable 47 years of service Sheriff Anderson continues to serve as the 72ndSheriff of the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, which was formed in 1717 and today includes 500 employees who provide comprehensive police services to a population of 290,000 over 816 square miles.

    Sheriff Anderson continues to live in Pawling, NY with his wife Danielle and their two children Beau and Poppy, and also has a grown son Jacob.  

    Sheriff Adrian “Butch” Anderson

    List of awards and recognitions

    In 1999 received the Service to Community Award from the Town of Fishkill PBA upon being elected Sheriff of Dutchess County

    In 2001 received recognition and appreciation from the Dutchess County Shrine Club

    In 2002 received the Patriot Award from the National Rifle Association

    From 2003 – 2008 received the Recognition of Excellence from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services

    From 2003 – 2006 served as Co-Chariman for the March of Dimes Walk America

    In 2003 received the Family Partnership Center Appreciation Award

    In 2004 received the Appreciation Award from the Poughkeepsie Elks Lodge #275

    In 2004 received the Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award from the Hudson Valley Chapter of the Boy Scouts of America

    In 2004 received the Greater Southern Dutchess Chamber of Commerce Commitment to Community Award

    In 2005 received the Pride of Ulster County Award for his response to a shooting incident

    In 2005 received the United States Secret Service Certificate of Appreciation

    In 2005 received the American Community Award from the Poughkeepsie Italian Center for his service to the community

    In 2006 received the Award of Appreciation from the Wassaic Fire Department

    In 2006 received the Award of Appreciation from the American Red Cross

    In 2006 received the Martin Luther King Jr Humanitarian Award from the St. Mark A.M.E Zion Church

    In 2007 received Certificate of Accreditation from the New York State Law Enforcement Accreditation Council

    In 2007 was recognized by the Temple of I Cheng for years of dedicated service

    In 2007 received the Support to Squad and Community Award from the Town of East Fishkill Rescue Squad

    In 2007 received the Award of Appreciation from the Dutchess County Shrine Club

    In 2008 received the Award of Appreciation for generosity and support from the Kids’ Expo

    In 2008 received the Humane Hero Award from the Dutchess County ASPCA

    In 2009 received recognition from the Dutchess County Board of Health for being a partner against the H1N1 Flu Pandemic

    In 2009 received the President’s Award in Pawling, NY

    In 2009 received the Certificate of Appreciation from the Millbrook Fire Department

    In 2009 received the Certificate of Congratulations for commitment to the community from the Town of Fishkill Supervisor

    In 2009 received the John Flowers Community Award for his ongoing support of the community

    In 2009 was named Man of the Year by the Town of Pawling Fire Department

    In 2010 received the St. Cabrini Home Humanitarian Award for his work with children in the community

    In 2010 received the Certificate of Appreciation from the Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

    In 2010 was recognized by the United States Secret Service for outstanding assistance and support

    In 2010 received the Community Service Award from the Autism Society

    In 2011 received the Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Community by the Catherine Street Community Center in Poughkeepsie

    In 2011 received the Certificate of Appreciation from the Mental Health Society of America

    In 2011 was recognized by the World Police and Fire Games in New York City

    In 2012 received the Appreciation for Effort Award from the Dutchess County Shriners Club

    In 2012 was named Conservative of the Year by the Dutchess County Conservative Party

    In 2012 received Volunteer Fire Police Association of Dutchess County Appreciation Award

    In 2012 received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Dutchess County Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

    In 2012 received Outstanding Commitment to Community Service Award from the Dutchess County Exempt Fireman’s Black Heritage Committee

    From 2012 – 2017 was presented with the Certificate of Accreditation by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services

    In 2013 received the Community Builder Award from Hudson River Housing Inc.

    In 2013 was recognized for continued support by the Croft Corners Fire Department

    In 2014 received the Ambassador for Peace Award from the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace

    In 2014 was recognized by the Dutchess County Police Benevolent Association for his continuous support of their organization

    In 2014 received the Certificate of Appreciation from the United States Department of Labor

    In 2014 was inducted into the Pawling High School Hall of Fame for football, baseball, and basketball

    In 2014 again received the Martin Luther King Jr Humanitarian Award from the St. Mark A.M.E. Zion Church

    In 2014 received the Town of LaGrange Symbol of Freedom Award from the Town of LaGrange Republican Committee for his dedication to the community

    In 2014 was honored by the NAACP for his dedication to service and his community

    In 2014 received appreciation award for FOP Lodge 333 for 9/11

    In 2014 was honored by the Dutchess County Conservative Party for community service and his dedicated working relationship with the Conservative Party

    In 2014 was the honoree at the 12th Annual Poughkeepsie Father’s Day Parade and served as the parade’s Grand Marshal

    In 2015 received the Golden Eagle Award from the National Rifle Association

    In 2015 received the Lifetime Friend Award from Mental Health America

    In 2015 received from the Omega Phi fraternity Inc. an award for his dedication to his community.

    In 2016 Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. continuous efforts to the Mid-Hudson Valley Region

    2016 Father’s Day Parade – John Flowers & his Elves Special Appreciation Award

    In 2016 received the Community Service Award and Lifetime Member status from Dutchess County Child Protective Services

    In 2016 became an Honorary Member of the Federation of Dutchess County Fish and Game Club

    In 2016 served as the Executive Director of the Ryan McElroy Foundation

    In 2016 received from Eric Trump and St. Jude’s Hospital the Appreciation for All That You Do Award

    In 2016 served as Vice Chairman for President’s Trump’s Campaign in New York State

    In 2018 received the Community Service Award from the Catherine Street Community Center

    In 2018 had the honor of the Butch Anderson Cardiopulmonary Center in Poughkeepsie NY dedicated and named after him

    In 2018 received the Town of Wappinger Patriot Award

    Has received Commendation Awards from both the Dutchess County Conservative Party and the Town of Red Hook GOP