Matt Bostrom took the oath of office as the 21st Sheriff of Ramsey County on January 4, 2011. Matt sought the Office of Sheriff based upon a vision for law enforcement and public safety that encompasses the following:
- Providing safety through community policing
- Preserving trust through fiscal responsibility
- Collaborating with public safety, community, and justice partners
- Encouraging diversity to reflect the community
- Improving service through technology
- Connecting with youth to build for the future
As Ramsey County Sheriff, Matt leads Minnesota’s first law enforcement agency and second largest sheriff’s office, which protects over 500,000 residents in a metropolitan area of 3.2 million people. Matt commands the 400-plus member department and administers a nearly $50 million annual budget. He is responsible for a 500-bed jail, 23 recreational lakes and 18 miles of the Mississippi River, five courthouse locations, and contract services to seven communities. Matt directs the coordination of joint investigations, regional partnerships, and community policing services.
Prior to being elected Sheriff, Matt was a member of the Saint Paul Police Department for nearly 29 years. During this time, he served as a Police Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Commander, Senior Commander, Chief of Staff, Assistant Chief of Operations, and Assistant Chief of Homeland Security and Support Services. He currently serves as the chair of the Ramsey County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. He is also a member of the National Sheriffs' Association National Sheriffs' Institute - Education and Training Committee, Minnesota Sheriffs' Association Training Committee, and the State of Minnesota Violent Crime Coordinating Council.
Matt completed his formal education at the University of Northwestern (Bachelor of Science), University of Saint Thomas (Master of Arts), and Hamline University, where he earned his Doctorate in Public Administration. He is an FBI National Academy Graduate, Certified State of Minnesota Emergency Manager, and a Licensed Teacher. He published "The Influence of Education on Police Officer Work Habits" and co-authored the United States Department of Justice study "Character-Based Police Officer Selection." In addition, Matt is an Adjunct Professor at area colleges and universities.
Matt is a lifelong resident of Ramsey County. He grew up near Lake Phalen and graduated from Johnson High School. He is currently living in Saint Paul with his wife Cheryl. They have been married since 1982 and together they have three adult children.