Columbia County Sheriff's Office
David P. Bartlett, SHERIFF                     John W. Davi, UNDERSHERIFF
Copyright ©2006 Columbia County Sheriff's Office, Hudson, NY 12534

The mission of the Sheriff's Office Emergency Management
Division is to minimize loss of life and personal injury,
damage to property and the environment from man-made or
natural disasters through mitigation, preparedness,
response, and recovery in accordance with the Columbia
County Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan.
The Emergency Management Division also coordinates the
activities for the County’s Emergency Operations Center.
The Emergency Management Division is comprised of: Emergency Management Director William Black, Deputy Director
Paul D'Onofrio, Deputy Director Henry Swartz, LEPC Chairman and Emergency Management Liaison
Lt. Thomas Lanphear and Emergency Management Assistant Ellie Esselstyn.  
Director William Black
Director William Black began his career with Columbia County Emergency
Management in 2002 as a Deputy Director.  In 2003, he was promoted to
Director by Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, Gerald Simons.

Director Black is responsible for operation of the Columbia County Emergency
Operations center located at the Columbia County Public Safety Building in
Hudson, NY.  In addition, he is responsible for coordination between the New
York State Office of Emergency Management (NYSOEM) and Columbia
County, Town, Villages, City of Hudson and school districts.

Director Black is also responsible for overseeing Emergency Services grants
for Columbia County Homeland Security, Law Enforcement prevention and
training, Emergency Management planning and Local Emergency Management
Planning Committee. He was also involved in implementing the Columbia
County Safe Schools committee, of which he still is a member.

Director Black is a  35 year+ member of the Lebanon Valley Protective
Association in New Lebanon, where he is a past Chief and Assistant Chief.  
He has also completed numerous Fire service training courses and is also a
member of the Columbia County Hazardous Materials Team.

Mr. Black is a lifelong resident of the Town of New Lebanon and with his wife
Penny, have a son David and daughter Katelyn.
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Director William Black
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Deputy Director Henry Swartz started with Columbia County Emergency
Management in June of 2012.  

Deputy Director Swartz is responsible for assisting in the operation of the
Columbia County Emergency Operations center located at the Columbia
County Public Safety Building in Hudson, NY.  

Deputy Director Swartz is a 35 year member of the Niverville Fire Department,
where he is a past Chief.   He has also been a past President of the Columbia
County Volunteer Firefighters Association and the Columbia County Fire
Chiefs Association.  Deputy Director Swartz also serves on the County's
Traffic Safety Board and the County's Cause and Origin Team.

Mr. Swartz has lived in the Town of Chatham for 34 years with his wife
Tammy,daughter Amanda and son-in-law Mike.
Deputy Director Henry Swartz