At the age of 20, Ramsay became a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps. The year was 1942 and World War II was underway. He served the people of this nation for three years. Ramsay served the people of this County for over 30 years through his various assignments in the Office of the Sheriff.
After nine years as a deputy sheriff he was promoted to sergeant and served as a detective. In 1957 he began a two-year stint as an investigator in the District Attorney’s Office. In 1959, Ramsay became Under Sheriff, a position he occupied for 14 years.
While serving in this capacity he was the department’s General Manager. Responsibilities included preparing and maintaining the budget, administering personnel matters, and department planning. In 1969, Ramsay became the second Deputy Sheriff to graduate from the FBI Academy. He ranked fifth in his class of one hundred. President Richard Nixon presented the diploma.
As sheriff, he implemented one of the nation’s first Neighborhood Watch Programs in Orinda and built the first Direct-Supervision Jail in Martinez.