Daily News readers are invited to submit questions to weekly guests, and they had plenty for Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk.
Will he take donations from deputies and let staff work again on his re-election campaign?
When will there be answers about alleged official misconduct by past and present officers?
Is his public profile high enough?
What is the crime rate?
Plus, Ken Modzelewski, regional YMCA director, comments on whether the Bonita Springs YMCA be revived. If so, how and where?
Rambosk and Modzelewski are guests on this week’s guests on “Naples Daily NewsMakwers with Jeff Lytle,’’ which airs Sunday morning at 10 on ABC7.
Text and video highlights are at naplesnews.com/newsmakers.
Here are excerpts:
NewsMakers: Kevin Rambosk, Part 1
Let staff work on re-election campaign?
NewsMakers: Kevin Rambosk, Part 2
Alleged misconduct by officers?
Lytle: This is a question frm a reader, unidentified.
It says, “Is the misconduct case involving high ranking officials finished yet?’’ I believe it refers to the members of your staff who are under investigation for allegedly encouraging young women at the Great Dock Canoe Race to take off their tops.
Rambosk: Right. It is not ... we are trying to make sure that we get to talk to everybody that was there, particularly from our organization and/or others that have come forth.
So it’s close, but not done.
Lytle: But it’s been since May or June ...
Rambosk: Well, we didn’t get the ...
Lytle: ... How many people could there be?
Rambosk: Well, yeah, but we didn’t get the complaint at the time of the event, we got it some time after that. And I’m also trying to make sure that, one, is there a necessity to do a full investigation? I mean you can allege whatever you want. I would have preferred that if we had somebody that witnessed an activity that they provide the evidence I need to open a case and fully investigate it.
Now I’ve got to go and seek out information that would enable me to open a case. So that’s ...
Anonymous complaints take a little bit longer.
Also discussed this morning at 10 on ABC7: consolidated law enforcement agencies; pay raises for staff; his re-election and campaign staffing/donations plans; reopening the Immokalee jail; Don Hunter’s political future. All are from questions from readers and viewers.
NewsMakers: Ken Modzlewski
Can Bonita Springs YMCA be revived?
Lytle: Can you tell us now ... will Bonita Springs, going forward, have a YMCA, and if so, will it be the YMCA we already have, that’s been closed, or will it be a new YMCA?
Modzelewski: Well, our intent is to reopen the YMCA. Obviously it’s been closed I guess a couple of months now or a month or so, and so it is every intention that we have to get into that facility and get it up and running as best we can.
Lytle: How soon?
Modzelewski: There are some issues yet to be resolved. Again, I can’t put a time frame on it. Again, I think there are some issues that have to be dealt with ... with banking issues and things of that variety.
Lytle: Well, yes, because there’s about a one and a half million dollars of debt to address.
Lytle: And that debt now is with the YMCA based in Naples.
Modzelewski: That’s right.
Lytle: But that’s terrific news that you have.
Modzelewski: Yes, but again, there’s many hurdles we have yet to come through with. Again, how do we transfer title? How much do we have to pay for the building? You know, can the community rally in support?
We’ve (the South County YMCA group based in Venice) just taken over and merged with Lee County, so we’re digesting that merger right now, which does include Bonita Springs. So we would like to make this about all of Lee County — including Bonita Springs, Cape Coral, Lehigh Acres, all those communities.
So to me, we’re looking at this as one big entity, one big plan.
Also discussed this morning at 10 on ABC7: What the Y will do differently in Bonita now; and how the community can help.
Collier County Sheriff Rambosk responded to questions from viewers and readers who called 213-6070 or emailed firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The program did not get to all of the questions and Rambosk said he would answers the others in writing in the Daily News.
Signed or unsigned, here they are:
1) Do you believe there are enough deputies on patrol at any certain time to keep Collier County safe?
This is in light of the pizza delivery man robbery, the two drug store robberies and assorted other crimes. I know I don’t feel as safe as I once did and I have heard that there are less deputies on the roads since you have eliminated so many (200?) positions.
2) What do you see as your legacy during your first term? For instance, Sheriff Hunter was very involved in immigration and was out in front of juvenile crime and gangs. I don’t see that kind of involvement from you.
3) Driving around Collier county, I see many drivers are exceeding posted speed limits by 15 or 20 mph or more.
It’s amazing when one of these speeders sees a police car, how good of a driver they become.
Does the Sheriff’s Department receive any revenue from traffic tickets?
Second, unmarked vehicles should be used. Why not use SUVs?
4) How have you cut the vehicle fleet costs? Do you have a take-home car? Do you use it when you are out of town on personal business, such as vacation? Who has a take-home car? Just patrol deputies?
5) I don’t see as many traffic cops on Airport-Pulling and Livingston Roads anymore. Is traffic a priority? What is your priority?
6) Is Sheriff Rambosk still under investigation by the federal government Office of Special Counsel for Hatch Act campaigning while on duty violations? Or is it over?
7) How does police presence not suffer if you are not filling 200 positions? Did Sheriff Don Hunter, now chief of Marco Island police, have a bloated agency?
If so, how?
8) Any idea if there could be consolidation of all police, fire and EMS services in Collier? Would Rambosk like to be the consolidated fire chief?
Is crime up or down this year? Is he getting rid of K-9? Do we have a meth problem?
9) Is crime up or down?
10) Are the 12-hour patrol shifts ever going to end?
11) Why does it take so long to get internal affairs investigations finished? It seems like they are fiinished, but kinda hang around waiting for your signature.
12) What have these youth summer programs accomplished?
Are they a babysitting service for your employees’ children? How are you getting into the neighborhoods and households where kids and teenagers are at risk for bad behavior and Deputy Club or other programs might make a difference?
By the way, the lineup of Hummers, Lexus and other cars at the pick-up points for Deputy Club lead me to believe that these kids aren’t exactly from needy households.
Are we seeing an uptick in crime because deputies are doing these programs and not out patrolling? It seems so.
12) Why do you put off decisions until sometimes it’s too late to accomplish what we wanted to do as an agency? Can you make decisions?
13) Could you beat Don Hunter in a general election? I think not.