Ramsey County’s new chief deputy sheriff is department’s first woman to hold position

Julie Rudie

Jack Serier

Serier appoints Rudie to his former post 

When Jack Serier became Ramsey County’s new sheriff at the beginning of the year, his former position of chief deputy — or second-in-command — was left vacant.

Serier took care of that by appointing Julie Rudie to the post Jan. 23. According to the sheriff’s office, Rudie is the first woman to hold the position. 

She takes on the role that Serier had held up until Jan. 10, when he received his own promotion to sheriff, a decision county commissioners voted on unanimously after Matt Bostrom retired halfway through his second four-year term. 

Rudie began her law enforcement career at the St. Paul Police Department in 1990, where she worked in various roles and capacities until she moved to the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office in 2011. 

Prior to her promotion, Rudie was undersheriff of the administration division — the division that’s responsible for warrants, criminal histories, gun permits, budgeting and accounting, human resources, payroll, training, staff development, professional standards-internal affairs and policy, fleet management, background investigations, planning, analysis, and information technology, which includes research and development.

According to the sheriff’s office, alongside Bostrom, Rudie is credited for implementing character-based hiring. 

As chief deputy, Rudie will help supervise day-to-day operations of the sheriff’s office, an organization of more than 400 members, 200 volunteers and an annual operating budget of $56 million.

Rudie has a bachelor’s degree in criminology from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and a law enforcement certification from Hibbing Area Vocational Technical College. She’s also a graduate of the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety in the School of Police Staff and Command. 

During her law enforcement career, Rudie has worked in a wide variety of positions, including communications, patrol officer, D.A.R.E. instructor, and as a sergeant for 12 years, among others. 

Bostrom left the department in December to take a position at the University of Oxford in England, where he will lead research about increasing community trust in police. Due to the timing of his retirement, county commissioners were required by state law to appoint a new sheriff until elections take place in November 2018, and subsequently the new sheriff was required to name someone to the position of second-in-command.

Rudie is a tribal member of the Lower Sioux Indian Community. Her husband, Jay, is a sergeant with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office. Together, they have five children and eight grandchildren.


Jesse Poole can be reached at jpoole@lillienews.com or at 651-748-7815.



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