Sheriff Rick Ramsay

Sheriff Richard "Rick" Ramsay

Term of office: 2013 -

Born: November 16, 1965 in Long Island, New York. Moved to the Keys in 1976


Richard A. “Rick” Ramsay and his twin sister Laura were born on November 16, 1965 to Dick and Thea Ramsay on Long Island, New York. The family; along with his older sister Beth, moved to the Florida Keys in 1976. Rick graduated from Marathon High School in 1984 as President of his class. His affinity for the field of law enforcement began in school, where he was in the Safety Patrol, eventually serving as Captain. He was also a member of the Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Explorers program.

Rick’s strong desire to serve his community led him to attend the Florida Keys Institute of Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement Academy class of 1987. Upon graduation Rick began his career with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office as a road patrol deputy.

Rick’s next post was in the Traffic Enforcement Unit. He was promoted to sergeant of that unit before transferring back to Road Patrol in a supervisory role. He held the position of road patrol sergeant, then became detective sergeant of the Monroe County HIDTA Group , in the Special Operations and Narcotics Division.

In the year 2000, Rick was promoted to lieutenant of the Special Operations Division and was placed in charge of all investigative functions including; general crimes, crime scene investigations and special teams. In 2001, Rick earned the rank of captain and began serving as commander of operations at the Main Detention Facility, followed by a stint as captain of the Lower Keys District. During 2003 Rick advanced to the position of lieutenant colonel, and in 2004 Rick was again promoted to the rank of Colonel – Undersheriff of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. In 2012, he ran for Sheriff and was elected with an overwhelming majority of the vote.

While Sheriff Ramsay has commanded many areas of the department during his career, he has also continued his education during that time. He attended the prestigious Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy and the Southern Police Institute’s Command Officers Development Course. He has also been trained in Line SupervisionMiddle Management, and Crisis Management.

In addition to his law enforcement service, Rick has served 15 years as a Volunteer Firefighter in Marathon, rising to the rank of Deputy Chief. He also held the title of chief of Marathon Rescue. Rick counts his years as a Volunteer Firefighter as some of his most satisfying in public service.

Sheriff Ramsay’s community service also carries over to the non-profit sector. He is involved in many local organizations and is a member of many boards of directors, including:

Sheriff Ramsay has been recognized with the following awards for his efforts in Law Enforcement and Community Service:

Sheriff Ramsay has served the residents and visitors of Monroe County for 25 years with dedication, honesty, and ethical service. Throughout his tenure with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, he is proud of his exemplary service record and the fact that there has never been disciplinary action taken against him.


 Labelled with ICRA