Former Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher leaving St. Paul Police Department

  • Article by: Nicole Norfleet , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 10, 2013 - 8:19 PM

After 40 years in law enforcement, he said, he plans to work with the Somali community.

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wingophersJun. 10, 13 7:21 PM

While I respect Bob Fletcher for his public service I am wondering why a person can be allowed to be on a "leave" for 16 years and then re-join the St. Paul police force. Leaves should be limited to a time certain and not be indefinite. Never would see such an occurrence in the private sector. Good luck to Mr. Fletcher in his new endeavors.

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dentesterJun. 10, 13 7:36 PM

Bob Fletcher and Corky Finney have monthly pensions larger than Obama will have.

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StevenJun. 10, 13 7:42 PM

Mentor and a parent coach? Good example to see how good he is, look at his own family.

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seanbfedJun. 10, 13 8:46 PM

Sounds like the FBI was getting close to catching Bob Fletcher again? Time to stop raiding the chicken coop? Bob Fletcher did public disservice to the citizens of Ramsey County, and the State of Minnesota, and should not be collecting a pension from Ramsey County, or the SPPD. He is a Disgrace to all of Law Enforcement, and a serious threat to public safety. He should have to pay for the Gang Task Force fiasco. Out of his Pension, and retirement. From the Gang TaskForce, to other scandals, Bob Fletcher brought disgrace to law enforcement, and allowed our communities to be destroyed by a flood of drugs, guns, giving criminals, and criminal organizations free reign in the communities he was supposed to be protecting. Giving criminals jobs, and while giving out Bob Jobs to his crony friends, many who were fired, or bounced out of law enforcement from other agencies. Many whom continue to destroy our communities in the ways that Bob Fletcher schooled them. Still in positions of trust, doing damage to our communities. Allowing this troubled figure to be near anyones youth is a serious mistake, and he should be banned from working with any youth groups, considering his record at the Gang Strike Force, and his political donors, and cronies. Bob Fletcher did extreme damage to our communities, and to Law Enforcements reputation to the General Public. He failed to provide honest services to the citizens of Ramsey County, or the State of Minnesota. It's a matter of record, and public fact what Bob Fletcher has been doing, and has done. He belongs on the Criminal show, Masterminds.

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tcatheartJun. 10, 1310:48 PM

seanbfed - a lot of bet generic accusations...the way i see it, you have two options. Stop with the rhetoric, if that's what it is. OR, turn in your facts and evidence because, according to your rant, you have enough dirt to put Fletcher away. I don't have a dog in the fight. I don't know fletcher and I don't live in St. Paul or Ramsey county. All I know is what I read in your post so you should either "put up or shut up."

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furguson11Jun. 10, 1311:12 PM

I wonder what his pension looks like after almost 40 years. PERA Police and Fire members can earn 3% of their high five for every year of service. Can police pensions go higher than 100% of salary?

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xxwhateverxxJun. 11, 13 2:07 AM

I am certainly no fan of Fletcher, and even less so of Finney, but I want to clarify a couple of things. By statute, if a person is elected to public office in a full-time position (such as a sheriff), their current employer must make their job available to them upon leaving office. All MN sheriffs have their previous job "waiting" for them, but those that hold office for many years tyically retire. As for the pension (applies to both Fletcher and Finney), the longer a police officer works, the closer s/he gets to their top five upon retirement. If working over 30 years and at least 55 years old, they will make close to (97% I think) the average of their last 5 years max, never over 100%. These rules change this year, making an officer work longer for less. If that is still too much for you, look on the bright side: in MN, police pensions are not all public funds - the employee pays into it. This is different from other states such as WI, where the public employee pensions are funded 100% with public dollars. Officers are not eligible for social security. The average life span of a police officer is 15 years less than the general public.

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jacksoncageJun. 11, 1311:13 AM

wingophers, granting leave encourages valuable experienced employees to return to their employer after they've gained significant education and experience in another role. You wouldn't see that in the private sector? You're probably right, given the sad, failing US private sector. Don't look for any innovation or leadership from that area.

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gracekellyJun. 11, 1312:02 PM

As a sheriff, Fletcher justified his cost overruns by his search for for 33 terrorist organizations, using evidence like song lyrics to condemn terrorist actions like knitting, yoga and prayer. There are good reasons that Fletcher lost the Sheriff’s race. No one should take his classes or his advice.

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