Sheriff Bob Fletcher is probably the hardest working, effective, and ethical
law enforcement manager I have had the privilege to work with during my 37 plus
years of police service. His management style has always been to recognize the
importance of working through his employees to get the job done. He is known
for his ability to obtain resources and then give his employees the authority
to use those resources, as needed, to accomplish positive results for the
Ramsey County Sheriff's Department.
I first met Sheriff Fletcher when he was a hard working patrol officer working
for the Saint Paul Police Department. I followed his career, as he became a
productive sergeant investigator who actually worked on criminal cases and
brought charges against people involved in criminal activity. He later became
a lieutenant supervising other working police officers.
I developed a true appreciation for Sheriff Fletcher's abilities when I became
the Statewide Commander for the Minnesota Gang Strike Force in 1997. He had
been working with the legislature for some time, along with other original
architects of the MGSF; to create a multi-jurisdictional law enforcement entity
to deal with the increasing gang problems that were occuring that created havoc
and often death in the lives of many good citizens in the state of Minnesota.
Sheriff Fletcher served as the Chairman of the Oversight Council, who we
reported to, during most of the last eight years we have been in existence.
Under his guidance, the Strike Force was created to identify, investigate,
arrest and prosecute gang members engaged in criminal activity in the State of
Minnesota. It has proven to be an extremely successful endeavor. We have
averaged over 700 arrests of gang members, involved in criminal activity, each
year. We have been recognized nationally for this work and have been the model
for the start of other gang units throughout the country.
When we lost our funding in 2003, Sheriff Fletcher worked tirelessly lobbying
and looking at new opportunities and approaches that allowed us to stay in
business and serve the citizens of the county and the state. This man
accomplished all this but still remains dedicated, as the hard working Sheriff
of Ramsey County. Sheriff Fletcher continues to be effective at the
legislature lobbying for issues that benefit the citizens of Rmasey County. He
also volunteers in his community on issues such as literacy programs and
others. Sheriff Fletcher does all this but remains a positive role model as a
father. His family always remains foremost in his every day life.
This is the man I want to continue to be my Sheriff in the County of Ramsey.
Commander, Minnesota Gang Strike Force
37 years of service with St. Paul Police Department
East side resident