Sheriff's Office Command Staff
The leadership team of the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office.
Steve Frazer, Chief Deputy
Steve Frazer joined the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office in 2017 with twenty-seven years of law enforcement experience. He began his career with the Roseville Police Department as a Reserve Police Officer and Police Officer. Steve then moved to the Saint Paul Police Department where he held the ranks of Police Officer, Sergeant, Commander and Senior Commander. Steve was also the Saint Paul Police Department’s last sworn employee to hold the position of Human Resource Director.
Steve has an extensive background in training police officers at the local, regional and national levels in leadership, defensive tactics, firearms instruction, domestic abuse investigation best practices and crowd management.
Steve is a graduate of St. Mary’s University, the FBINA and FBI Hazardous Devices School in Huntsville, Alabama.
Steve has been a county resident his entire life and currently lives in Saint Paul with his wife, Jacki, and one of their three children. The two older children are students in college.
Booker T. Hodges, Undersheriff - Administration
Booker T. Hodges, is an 11-year law enforcement professional who has worked as a school resource officer, patrol deputy, narcotics detective, SWAT operator, patrol overnight watch commander, Inspector, and currently serves as Undersheriff of Administration at the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office. In his current role, Hodges will lead the day-to-day operations of the warrants, criminal histories, gun permits, budget and accounting, human resources and payroll, training and staff development, professional standards-internal affairs and policy, fleet management, background investigations, information technology - including research and development, and the planning and analysis units.
Booker is the only active police officer in the history of the NAACP to serve as a branch president. During his five-year tenure as president of the Minneapolis NAACP, he was responsible for a landmark agreement to improve working conditions for employees of color and to diversify the Minneapolis Park Board. Booker has been a diversity instructor for 15 years and he is also a certified human resource manager. Booker writes a column for Policeone.com, the nation’s largest police news website. Booker is also a sought after national presenter on the topics of unconscious bias and recruiting/retention of 21st century workforce.
Booker earned a doctorate degree in public administration from Hamline University in 2015. Booker’s experience in community relations and law enforcement are unique and they have given him a dual perspective on current events surrounding the law enforcement profession. Booker enjoys teaching, mentoring, and mediating complex issues between individuals and organizations. Booker is married and he and his wife have two sons.
Joseph Q. Paget, Undersheriff - Regional Special Services Division
Joseph (Joe) Quinton Paget began his law enforcement career in 1988 as a police officer for the City of Arlington, Minnesota. Hired in 1989 by the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office, he has worked in the Detention, Courts, and Patrol Divisions in a variety of leadership positions including Uniform Patrol, Traffic Unit, Water Patrol, Community Support Services and Civil Process.
Undersheriff Paget has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Saint Mary’s University, and is currently working on his graduate degree from Hamline University. He completed his Minnesota Police Skills at the Law Enforcement Training Center in Bloomington, Minnesota; and, has also been trained as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and volunteered as an EMT for the Bloomington Rescue Squad.
John St. Germain, Undersheriff - Detention Services
John St. Germain joined in the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office in 1989. Over the past 29 years, John has served as a deputy, sergeant, commander, inspector and undersheriff. Currently, John serves as the Undersheriff of Detention Services. In his current position as undersheriff, John leads the Adult Detention Center, which has over 140 employees.
As a deputy, John worked in the Adult Detention Center, patrol and training. He has also held various assignments as a supervisor and manager. For 12 years, John served as commander in Community Support Services, Administration and Water Patrol. As an inspector, John oversaw internal affairs and emergency management and preparedness within the Sheriff’s Office. John’s previous collateral assignments include the Special Weapons & Tactics (SWAT) and Mobile Field Force.
John has an extensive background in volunteer management, incident command, training and policy development. He has played a significant role in advancing policy and volunteer programs within the Sheriff’s Office.
John is a graduate of Century College with a degree in Law Enforcement and is working toward a bachelor’s degree in Police Science from Saint Mary’s University. He completed his Minnesota Peace Officer Skills Program at the Law Enforcement Training Center in Bloomington, Minnesota and is a certified Minnesota Emergency Manager.
Ty Sheridan, Undersheriff - Court and Security Services
Undersheriff Ty Sheridan has been a member of the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office since July of 1990. In his current position, Undersheriff of the Court and Security Services Division, he oversees security operations at five District Court facilities, the Civil Process Unit and the Citizen Resource Center.
In his 27-year career with Ramsey County, Undersheriff Sheridan has worked in all divisions as a deputy, sergeant and commander. He was on the SWAT team for fifteen years. While on SWAT he was a team leader and part of the sniper team. The past two years have been spent in the Public Safety Services Division as the commander in charge of the Criminal Investigation Unit (CIU), Electronic Crimes Unit (ECU), Crime Scene Processing Unit and the Property Room.
Undersheriff Sheridan graduated from Bemidji State University with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. He completed his Minnesota Police Skills at the Law Enforcement Training Center in Bloomington, Minnesota.
Away from work, Undersheriff Sheridan enjoys golf, hunting, fishing, softball and traveling with his wife. He has been married for almost 30 years and has one amazing adult child.
Terry Soukkala, Undersheriff - Public Safety Services
Terry Soukkala has been a member of the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office since January of 1991. Prior to that he worked for the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office.
Currently, Terry is the Undersheriff of the Public Safety Services Division. He has held that position since March of 2015. As the Undersheriff, he oversees the Patrol Services, Investigative Services, Water Patrol, Community Support Services and Public Communications and Crime Prevention units.
Over the past 25 years, Terry has served the Sheriff’s Office in many capacities including County Wide Watch Commander, SWAT Commander, and Sergeant in the Special Investigations/Intelligence Unit, K-9 Handler, as well as working in the Court and Security Services Division, Public Safety Services Division and the Detention Services Division. Terry attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth and Hibbing Community College. He received his Law Enforcement Degree from Hibbing Community College.
For many years, Terry has volunteered his time and equipment toward maintaining a local nature trail. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family, weight lifting, basketball and doing projects around the house.
Ashlee Bryant, Inspector - Government/Labor Relations
Ashlee Bryant began her law enforcement career in 2004 as a correctional officer with the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office. Ashlee spent the beginning of her deputy career in Court Security Services with assignments in Substance Abuse Court and Commitment Court. As a sergeant, she supervised the Civil Process Unit and was then assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce at the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. As a Commander, she supervised the Office of Professional Standards which included internal affairs, policy, gun permits and building services. Ashlee’s collateral assignments have included leadership positions within the Dive Team and Mobile Field Force.
Ashlee has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of St.Thomas and a graduate degree from Concordia University in Criminal Justice Leadership. She completed her Law Enforcement Certificate and Minnesota Police Skills at Metropolitan State University.
In her current role, Ashlee is an Inspector overseeing government relations, labor relations, litigation and public information.
Merci Dahedl, Inspector - Governance and Compliance
Merci Dahedl has been a law enforcement officer for 18 years and she has been a member of the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office since August 2014. Merci started her career as a Volunteer Police Reserve with the North St. Paul Police Department and was hired as a Licensed Peace Officer in January 1999. During her time with the North St Paul Police Department, Merci developed several community outreach programs including Cops Reaching Out to Community Kids (C.R.O.C.K.) and a holiday Adopt a Family program. Over her 18-year career, Merci’s assignments have included Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer (FTO), School Resource Officer (SRO), Investigator, Property/ Evidence Room Manager, Sergeant of Patrol and Administration, Internal Affairs Investigations, Background Investigations, Undercover Operations, Court Security, and Technology Operations.
Merci holds an Associates’ Degree in Law Enforcement and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. She has three children and one grandchild. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, working on puzzles, traveling, and has a passion for helping others.
In her current role, Merci oversees governance and compliance which encompasses PREA, AWAIR, ADA, Property/Evidence, and OSHA.
Tina Kill, Inspector - Office of Planning and Analysis
Tina Kill serves as Inspector for the Office of Planning and Analysis, which oversees finance, budget services, human resources, and payroll functions of the Sheriff’s Office. Inspector Kill has been in her current position since May of 2017. Tina began her career with the Saint Paul Police Department in 1995. Over her 22-year career, she has held a variety of positions with SPPD, interspersed with three military tours. Tina worked as a School Resource Officer (SRO), in the VICE Unit, with East District Investigations, West District Patrol, and the Special Investigations Unit. She most recently held the position of Executive Sergeant to the Deputy Chief of Operations at SPPD.
Tina is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a BA Degree in Russian Area Studies and has an AA in Military Intelligence Operations. She completed her Minnesota Police Skills at the Law Enforcement Training Center at Metro State University. She is currently working on her Emergency Management Certification through Homeland Security Emergency Management.
Tina is thirty-one-year veteran of the United States Army/Army Reserves, and is currently the Sergeant Major of the 2300 Military Intelligence Group in Virginia. She lives in Saint Paul with her husband and four children.