Sidney Frye II has been named the new program manager for Olmsted County’s Diversity, Equity, and Community Outreach Team.
Frye, who will assume the role Aug. 16, is replacing Nikki Niles who was recently named director of Dodge-Fillmore-Olmsted Community Corrections.
“Sidney has experience developing and enhancing programs that address disparity, disproportionality, and equity,” Niles said in a statement announcing the hire. “He is dedicated to ensuring Olmsted County is providing the highest level of service to the community we serve.”
Frye has worked in human services for more than 12 years as a juvenile corrections officer, a Parents and Children Excel social worker, and, most recently, as a child welfare program supervisor for Family Service Rochester, where he led the work of PACE, FATHER Project, and the contracted Family Support Team with Olmsted County.
He said he’s looking forward to the new role, which is a position created a year ago to oversee the county’s Pretrial Services Team, along with community outreach workers on the Law Enforcement Liaison Team.
“Right now there is a lot of synergistic energy around this work,” Frye said. “I’m excited for the opportunity to help lead this team and look forward to serving our community and supporting continuing efforts toward building an equitable system that works for all.”
The Diversity, Equity, and Community Outreach Team is tasked with helping build a vibrant, inclusive and opportunity-rich environment for everyone in Olmsted County, working with community corrections as part of Olmsted County’s Health, Housing, and Human Services division.
“I am excited to have Sidney in this (Diversity, Equity, and Community Outreach) leadership role,” Niles said. “He will be an asset to Olmsted County, working toward his passion of creating a more diverse and equitable community.”