Serier aims to remain as Ramsey County sheriff

Jack Serier

Jack Serier was appointed as Ramsey County sheriff at the beginning of the year. Now in his ninth month on the job, he has officially decided it’s a position he would like to keep.

In a Sept. 13 announcement at Harriet Island in St. Paul, Serier formally declared his candidacy for sheriff in the 2018 election — he’s the first to do so. 

With nearly three decades of law enforcement experience, Serier, 49, was unanimously approved to be the county’s new sheriff by the county board of commissioners in January, after Matt Bostrom retired that same month, halfway through his second four-year term as sheriff.

During his announcement, Serier said he’s “committed to the people of Ramsey County” and to leading the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office “through trust, respect and accountability.” 

“My job as your sheriff is to continue to focus my efforts on these core principles of character, which we started six years ago,” Serier said, referring to the work started under Bostrom’s leadership. 

Bostrom, who was first elected sheriff in 2010 and then re-elected in 2014, champions increasing police trust and legitimacy through character-based hiring.

Bostrom left his post as sheriff to help lead a research project on character-based hiring at the University of Oxford in London.

Before his appointment, Serier served as chief deputy — second in command under Bostrom — since 2011, and has worked in law enforcement since 1990, spending much of his career with the St. Paul Police Department.

When Serier became sheriff, he took the reins of the 400-employee department, which has an annual operating budget of nearly $60 million.

Serier has also taught as an assistant professor at Saint Mary’s University, an adjunct faculty member at the University of St. Thomas and as an instructor for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s management program. 

The sheriff’s department provides police services to seven Ramsey County suburbs, known as the contract cities group, which is made up of Arden Hills, Gem Lake, Little Canada, North Oaks, Shoreview, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Township. Falcon Heights is set to join the contract cities group in 2018. 


Jesse Poole can be reached at or at 651-748-7815


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