Acting Dutchess County Sheriff running for four-year term
MidHudson News is reporting Acting Dutchess County Sheriff Kirk Imperati has declared his candidacy for sheriff. He plans to run for his own four-year term on the Republican and Conservative ballot lines in November. A 30-year-veteran of the department, Imperati was appointed interim sheriff in September after the late Butch Anderson died. He served as Anderson's undersheriff for 14 years. “I have the experience, I have the expertise, and I have the drive and desire to take the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office to the next level,” he said. “We have done a lot of great things over that time from developing an internal affairs bureau to being the architect for the police modernization and reform plan for the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, helping other law enforcement agencies in Dutchess County develop a police modernization and reform and I think I have what it takes to take it to the next level,” he said. Imperati is a 1987 graduate of Arlington High School and holds degrees in criminal justice from Dutchess Community College and Marist College. He was hired by the sheriff’s office in 1993. He started as a road patrol deputy in the Harlem Valley and made detective in 2004. Imperati instituted the School Resource Officer program, implemented the department’s Internal Affairs Division, and was the architect for the Police Reform and Modernization Plan for the sheriff’s office and other agencies in the county. He has already been endorsed by several police unions and the corrections officers at the Dutchess County Jail. Dutchess County GOP Chair Michael McCormack said of Imperati, “His decades of service in the department are stellar and beyond reproach. Dutchess County is so very fortunate to have Kirk watching over and protecting our families and we need to stay the path.” Dutchess County Democratic Party Chair Julie Shiroishi said her party has no one to challenge Imperati yet, but she does not envision her party cross-endorsing him. Read more at MidHudsonNews [dot] com.