CARMEL, N.Y.— Paul Boscia has been named the new undersheriff of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office. 

Boscia’s appointment fills the vacancy created by the untimely death of longtime Undersheriff, Peter Convery on Nov. 15.

Boscia’s official appointment as undersheriff will be Feb. 7 and is effective through the remainder of Sheriff Donald Smith’s current elected term of office, which runs through Dec. 31. 

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Boscia’s appointment caps a 28-year career in the Sheriff’s Office. He began his career with Putnam County as a corrections officer in 1988. He was appointed as a deputy sheriff in 1989 and assigned to the Patrol Division, later becoming a K-9 officer. In 2000, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and in 2007 he was temporarily designated the noncommissioned officer in charge of the Patrol Division during a vacancy in the patrol captain’s position. 

Boscia was promoted to the rank of first sergeant in 2008, a position he held until his retirement from the Sheriff’s Office last month. He received several letters of commendation during his career, including an award for negotiating the surrender of a barricaded man, another for peacefully disarming a suicidal man armed with a knife, and a lifesaving award for aiding a heart attack victim.  A firearms instructor, he and other instructors were commended for improving the firearms training program of the Sheriff’s Office.

In addition to his long police service, Boscia served in the Air Force for 10 years before joining the Sheriff’s Office and then continued as a member of the Air Force Reserve until retiring in 2006 at the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Boscia holds a bachelor’s degree from Manhattan College and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He and his wife, Regina, reside in Putnam County, where they have raised their four children. 

“The death of Undersheriff Peter Convery left a big hole in our hearts and it also left big shoes to fill in leading the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office and in serving our citizens,” Sheriff Smith said.  “I am grateful to Paul Boscia and to his wife, Regina, for temporarily putting their retirement plans on hold and for answering the call to duty for the people of Putnam County,” he said. 

Boscia said he was honored by the sheriff’s appointment and is “privileged to serve as his undersheriff.”

“The sheriff is an outstanding leader and I am prepared, together with the very capable command staff of the Sheriff’s Office, to assist him in fulfilling our mission to serve and protect the community with professionalism and dedication,” he said.