P.J. Higgitt, Jr.

Title: Undersheriff

  • Appointed to the Rensselaer County Undersheriff position on December 31, 2020 by Sheriff Patrick A. Russo
  • Lifelong resident of the City of Troy
  • Graduate of Lansingburgh High School, University of Maryland, and the United States Sergeants Major Academy. Also, a graduate of numerous law enforcement and military schools
  • 16 years of service in the Rensselaer County Sheriff's Office
  • Sheriff's coordinator of Weed and Seed Program and Drug Education for Youth (DEFY)
    • Last assignment in 2006 was Lieutenant for Training and Compliance
  • 12 years of service in the New York State Division of Homeland Security
  • 29 years of service in the United States Army and New York Army National Guard. Deployments include: Response and Recovery efforts at Ground Zero and Iraq (2004 to 2005)
    •  Multiple awards, to include the Bronze Star, Iraq Campaign Medal and Global War on Terrorism Medal. Last assignment was Sergeant Major, retiring in 2009
  • Lifetime member of the Veterans of Lansingburgh, Veterans of Foreign Wars (Poestenkill), Disabled Americans Chapter 38, Tri-County Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans, and the Lincoln and Welland Regiment Association
  • Current member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, American Legion, District 2/North Central Neighborhood Association, and the Rensselaer County Honor a Deceased Veteran Committee
  • Previously served on the Lansingburgh School Board, Lansingburgh Memorial Day Parade Committee and the Uncle Sam Graveside Committee

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