Sheriff's Office Command Staff
Meet the team that leads the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office.
Steve Frazer, Chief Deputy
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, domestic abuse investigation best practices, and crowd management.
Steve has been a Ramsey County resident his entire life and currently lives in Saint Paul with his wife, Jacki, and one of their three children; his two older children are students in college.
Booker T. Hodges, Undersheriff - Administration
Undersheriff Booker T. Hodges is a thirteen-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.
Booker is the only active police officer in the history of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to serve as a branch president. During his 5-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 eighteen years, and he is also a certified human resource manager. Booker writes a column and is a member of the editorial board 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 and retention of 21st century workforces.
Booker earned a doctorate degree in public administration from Hamline University in 2015, a masters degree from Saint Mary’s University in 2007, and a bachelors degree from Florida Southern College in 2000. 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 is also an adjunct professor at Northwestern University in St. Paul and is President of the Northstar Chapter of the National Association of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE).
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
Undersheriff Joseph (Joe) Quintin 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, Joe has worked in the detention, courts, and patrol divisions in a variety of leadership positions including Patrol, Traffic Unit, Water Patrol, Community Support Services, and Civil Process. He served as Undersheriff of Detention Services Division for 4 years and currently leads the Regional Services Division.
Joe has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Saint Mary’s University and completed the Public Safety Leadership course at the University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute. Joe attended the 263rdFBI National Academy in January 2016. Joe completed his Minnesota Police Skills at the Law Enforcement Training Center in Bloomington.
John St. Germain, Undersheriff - Detention Services
Undersheriff 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. In his current position as Undersheriff of Detention Services, 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 several managerial and supervisory positions with the office. For twelve years, John served as commander of Community Support Services, Administration, and Water Patrol. Later as an inspector, John oversaw internal affairs and emergency management and preparedness. John’s previous collateral assignments include Special Weapons & Tactics (SWAT) and Mobile Field Force.
John has an extensive background in volunteer management, incident command, and 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 1990. In his current position as Undersheriff of Court and Security Services, Ty 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, Ty has worked in all divisions as a deputy, sergeant, and commander. He was on the SWAT team for fifteen years, during which time he served as a team leader and as part of the sniper team. Prior to becoming Undersheriff, Ty worked 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.
Ty 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, Ty enjoys golfing, hunting, fishing, softball, and traveling with his wife. He has been married for almost 30 years and has one amazing adult child.
Rich Clark, Undersheriff - Public Safety Services
Undersheriff Rich Clark has been a member of the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office since 1995 and currently leads the Public Safety Services Division. Rich oversees Patrol Services, Investigative Services, Water Patrol, and Community Support Services. Over the past 23 years, Rich has worked as a deputy, sergeant, and commander in the detention, courts, regional services and public safety services divisions. He has also served on the SWAT team for over 10 years as an operator, team leader, and commander. For thirteen years, Rich led the Ramsey County Violent Crime Enforcement Team, a multi-jurisdictional task force focusing on the most violent criminals in Ramsey County. Prior to becoming Undersheriff, Rich spent three years as a patrol commander in the Public Safety Services Division, responsible for the daily operations our contract communities, uniformed patrol deputies, and school resource officers.
Rich is active in community engagement events and is always looking for innovative solutions to public safety issues. He believes that cooperative partnerships between public, private, nonprofit, and the community create lasting solutions to our public safety issues. Rich serves on an advisory committee for the Humphrey Institute, focusing on police/community relations. Additionally, Rich helped form the Ramsey County Coalition which is focused on building a healthy, safe, and drug-free community and preventing opioid overdoses.
Rich earned an associates degree in Law Enforcement from Century College, a bachelor's degree in Police Science from Saint Mary’s University, a leadership certificate from the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs and is currently completing his master's degree in Public Administration at Hamline University.
Rich is married and has two boys that are active in sports. His time away from work is spent with his family at sporting events and enjoying the outdoors.
Ashlee Bryant, Inspector - Public Safety Services
Inspector Ashlee Bryant began her law enforcement career in 2004 as a correctional officer with the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office. Ashlee currently serves as Inspector within the Public Safety Services Division.
Ashlee spent the beginning of her deputy career in Court Security Services with assignments in Substance Abuse Court and Commitment Court. As a sergeant, Ashlee supervised the Civil Process Unit and was later assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force at the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. As a commander, Ashlee supervised the Office of Professional Standards which included internal affairs, policy, gun permits, and building services. Previous inspector duties include overseeing government relations, labor relations, litigation, and public information. Ashlee's previous collateral assignments include leadership positions within the Dive Team and Mobile Field Force.
Ashlee has a bachelor's degree in behavioral neuroscience from the University of Saint 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.
Merci Dahedl, Inspector - Governance and Compliance
Inspector Merci Dahedl has been a law enforcement officer for nineteen years and joined the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office in 2014. In her current role as Inspector, Merci oversees governance and compliance which encompasses PREA, AWAIR, ADA, Property/Evidence, and OSHA.
Merci began her career as a volunteer Police Reserve with the North Saint Paul Police Department (NSPPD) and was hired as a licensed Police Officer in January 1999. During her time with the NSPPD, 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 nineteen-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.
Merci and her husband have five children and three grandchildren. Outside of work, Merci enjoys spending time with family and friends, working on puzzles, traveling, and has a passion for helping others.
Tina Kill, Inspector - Office of Planning and Policy Analysis
Inspector Tina Kill began her career with the Saint Paul Police Department (SPPD) in 1995. Over her 22-year career, she 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 in the Special Investigations Unit. She most recently held the position of Executive Sergeant to the Deputy Chief of Operations at SPPD. In her role as Inspector with the Sheriff's Office, Tina is the Director of the Office of Planning and Policy Analysis, which oversees finance, budget services, human resources, and payroll functions.
Tina is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Russian Area Studies and has an AA in Military Intelligence Operations. Tina completed her Minnesota Police Skills at the Law Enforcement Training Center at Metropolitan State University. She is currently working on her Emergency Management Certification through Homeland Security Emergency Management and attends the Public Safety Executive Leadership Program at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
Tina is thirty-three year veteran of the United States Army/Army Reserves and hold the rank of Sergeant Major of the 2300 Military Intelligence Group in Virginia. She lives in Saint Paul with her husband and four children.