Columbia County Dems: ‘More chaos, less leadership at the sheriff’s office’

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HUDSON – In a memorandum circulated to all personnel at the Columbia County’s Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Bartlett announced that Acting Undersheriff Mark Dunspaugh will be leaving his post.  Even more concerning, Sheriff Bartlett told his staff that the position would be left vacant, said the leadership of the Columbia County Democratic Committee. 

“There is a lack of leadership at the sheriff’s office,” said Sam Hodge, chairman of the county Democratic Committee.  “The sheriff’s office is already understaffed and is having problems recruiting and retaining talent.  How can you leave the number two spot empty?” 

Dunspaugh, who took on the role in April 2021, held the position for five months. 

The Democrats said the undersheriff is an important role because they act in the absence of the sheriff.  The undersheriff is responsible for coordinating the various divisions within the agency and carrying out all assignments as directed by the sheriff.  Every captain in the sheriff’s office is supervised by the undersheriff, noted Hodge.

“This is more chaos, and less leadership by the sheriff,” said the chairman.  “This is why we need Don Krapf and Jackie Salvatore to be the next sheriff and undersheriff.” 

 Krapf is a 24-year veteran of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, starting his career in 1998 as a deputy sheriff.  He has been recognized for his accomplishments and promoted through the ranks to his current command position, first sergeant in charge of the Security Services Division.

 Salvatore, a 28-year veteran of the State Police, spent much of her time with the State Police working in their Employee Assistance Program, which seeks to help police and their families deal with mental stress.  She retired five years ago after attaining the position of director.

 “Don and Jackie have the skills to lead the sheriff’s office into the future and will leave the chaotic tenure of Sheriff Bartlett behind,” said Hodge.