VIDEO: Rambosk wins Collier sheriff’s race

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Kevin Rambosk, the former Collier County undersheriff, handily defeated two opponents to become the next sheriff in Collier County.

He defeated Victor Ortino, a private investigator and former Florida state trooper, and Vinny Angiolillo, a local businessman and former Connecticut state police officer.

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Rambosk collected about 75 percent of the vote to Ortino’s 20 percent and Angiolillo’s 5 percent.

When he takes the helm of the agency in mid-January, Rambosk will be the first new Collier sheriff in 20 years, taking over for outgoing Sheriff Don Hunter, who was first elected in 1988.

“I never thought it was going to be a close election,” Rambosk said late Tuesday. “You’ve got to bring qualifications to the community for them to consider.”

Ortino initially expected to be running against Hunter, but in mid-October Hunter announced he wouldn’t be seeking re-election, and endorsed his right-hand man, Rambosk, for the job.

At the time, Rambosk was the Collier undersheriff, and a former Naples police chief and city manager who started as a police officer with the Naples Police Department in 1978.

In June, Rambosk requested a demotion from undersheriff to executive officer with no supervisory duties to ensure he wasn’t in violation of the Hatch Act, a federal election law designed to prevent government employees from using their positions for partisan gain.

Though Rambosk disagreed with the opinion, he said he chose to resign rather than challenge the finding. His opponents said that as undersheriff, Rambosk should have been aware of the law.

Rambosk has promised to focus his efforts on three areas: safety, community service and innovation.

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