Included in the Mystery Fest Key West 2017 panels and workshops is a blue ribbon panel of True-Crime experts in Law Enforcement. Join us as they share their experiences and insights.
|Carol Frederick – FLorida Department of Law Enforcement
Carol Frederick has been with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for 26 years. She has investigated fraud, corruption, missing persons and narcotics violations and is a nationally recognized speaker on the topic of identity theft. Carol is currently serving as FDLE’s Resident Agent in Charge for Monroe County.
|Chief Donie Lee – Key West Police Department
Chief Donie Lee joined the Key West Police Department in 1994. Since his start with the police, he has held every rank within the department. In March of 2008, Chief Lee was appointed as head of the Key West Police Department. Chief Lee is a fifth generation Conch, and holds a degree in criminal justice from the University of Florida. He is also a graduate of the Southern Police Institute’s Command Development School, Drug Enforcement Agency’s Drug Unit Commanders Academy and the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar. Chief Lee is of Cuban and Chinese descent, and has had the pleasure of visiting both of these countries.
|Jim Linder – Joint Interagency Task Force
Jim Linder – is a President and CEO of Technical Systems Management Corporation, an aviation consulting and services firm in North Carolina. Specializing in aviation mysteries, Jim was heavily involved in the recent search for Malaysian Flight 370 and as member of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), participated in the September 2014 expedition to Nikumaroro Atoll to search for Amelia Earhart.
A former naval aviator, Jim served in every war and conflict involving the United States since Operation Just Cause in 1989 — in the air, on the ground, on the sea and under it. From 1999-2008, excluding periodic deployments to the Middle East, he ran drug interdiction operations in Latin America and the Caribbean while serving with the Defense Intelligence Agency in Key West.
|Sheriff Rick Ramsay – Monroe County Sheriff’s Office
Richard A. “Rick” Ramsay 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 2012, he ran for Sheriff and was elected with an overwhelming majority of the vote.