Rambosk to run for re-election
Sheriff Kevin Rambosk will run for second ...
COLLIER COUNTY — Editor's note: The video clip is an excerpt from Kevin Rambosk's interview for "Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle'' that will air Sunday morning at 10 a.m. on ABC-7.
Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk announced this morning that he will be running for a second term.
“My intent is to seek reelection,” Rambosk told the Daily News Wednesday morning. “We’re in the process of getting things ready.”
First elected as head of the agency in 2008, Rambosk garnered 74.3 percent of the vote in the primary election. In the absence of independent or Democratic candidates, he didn’t have to compete in the November general election that year.
Rambosk’s first term came on the heels of former sheriff Don Hunter’s 20 years leading the agency.
Hunter, recently named chief of the Marco Island Police Department, had previously said he has no plans to run for Collier sheriff in 2012.
Rambosk, 56, was appointed a police officer with the Naples Police Department in 1978 and became that agency’s chief in 1995.
From 1999 to 2003, he served as Naples city manager, before retiring to join the Collier County Sheriff’s Office as head of the Organized Crime Division. Rambosk ascended through the ranks of chief of operations and undersheriff there before becoming sheriff.
“I’m still enthusiastic about law enforcement even though it’s been a very difficult four years economically. The greatest continuing challenge is going to be the economy,” said Rambosk.
Though he verbally confirmed his intent to run in 2012, as of Wednesday, Rambosk had not yet filed paperwork with the Collier County Supervisor of Elections related to his candidacy.
Vincent ‘Vinny’ Angiolillo, a limousine service owner who ran against Rambosk in 2008, filed his paperwork in April 2009 -- and said he has been campaigning “on a daily basis” since then.
In 2008, Angiolillo, 59, made headlines when he rode a 10,000-pound elephant down North Naples streets as part of his campaign. He said Wednesday that he has even “bigger” plans this time around -- to invite his opponents to participate in a boxing match “to prove who the girly men are in this community.”
Rambosk declined the Angiolillo’s invitation to the boxing ring.
“Keeping this community safe is not a sporting event," Rambosk said. "I’ve always taken law enforcement very seriously and I will continue to do so.”