Collier sheriff race: Ortino vs. Rambosk

This is the ninth of a daily series of Q&A reports with the candidates in Collier and Lee counties, counting down to the Aug. 14 primary election.

Republican voters might get a case of déjà vu when casting their votes for Collier County sheriff on Aug. 14.

The two candidates on the ballot, incumbent Sheriff Kevin Rambosk and his challenger, Victor Ortino, also faced off for the job four years ago. Rambosk won that race in a landslide, receiving about 75 percent of the vote to Ortino’s 20 percent.

Before he was elected sheriff in 2008, Rambosk served as Naples police chief, Naples city manager and Collier undersheriff. Ortino, a former Florida Highway Patrol trooper, is a private investigator and owner of the Golden Gate-based Ortino Investigations.

All registered Republicans in Collier County can cast votes. The winner will face local businessman Vinny Angiolillo, who is running without party affiliation, in the November general election. Angiolillo ran in the 2008 race as a Republican, winning about 5 percent of the vote.

This is the ninth in a series of reports about candidates on the Aug. 14 ballot.

Election 2012: Kevin Rambosk

Candidate for Collier County Sheriff.

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Kevin J. Rambosk

Born: Oct. 26, 1954

How long you’ve lived in your county: 34 years

Education: Master of Business Administration (MBA), Nova University; Bachelor’s Degree in Public Safety Administration, William Paterson University; FBI National Academy, Class 172

Family: Married to high school sweetheart, Pat, for 33 years; son Kevin is a graduate of the University of Florida; and son Kyle is a Naples city firefighter and paramedic

Political Affiliation: Republican

Current Position: Sheriff of Collier County, 2009-present

Q: What is the first thing you would do if elected?

A: I will build on the many successful initiatives of the past four years and create new ones to meet the growing needs of our community in the future, including:

■ Build the next generation of emergency communications

■ Create a family safety skills academy

■ Stop texting and driving

■ Enhance prevention, awareness and protection services for senior citizens

■ Double the number of community partnerships in our neighborhoods and in our business centers

Q: What would you do to make your community a better place to live?

A: As your sheriff for the past four years with a proven commitment to public service for all my career, community involvement in all we do, safety above all else, and service to others before self is my philosophy, my policy and my life’s calling. I will continue to fulfill the promises I have made to our community that include holding the line on crime and keeping Collier County a great place and a safe place.

Q: What makes you the most qualified for this position?

A: I am the public safety leader with 34 years of demonstrated service and law enforcement supervisory, administrative and executive skills. I have extensive knowledge of contemporary law enforcement methods and procedures, crime reduction techniques, community partnerships, cost control and budget development, and more. I have provided effectual leadership resulting in Collier County having the lowest metropolitan crime rate in Florida, a significant budget reduction, a youth program participation rate increase of more than 40,000 and much more.

Q: What distinguishes you from your opponent?

A: I am the only candidate that meets or exceeds national standards for hiring a chief law enforcement officer. With my advanced education and relevant experience including sheriff, Naples city police chief and Naples city manager, I remain uniquely qualified to continue to lead the Collier County Sheriff’s Office as sheriff. I have saved Collier County tax payers $48 million by reducing our operating budget, while expanding community partnerships and enhancing our services to Collier County residents.

Election 2012: Victor Ortino

Candidate for Collier County Sheriff.

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Victor P. Ortino

Born: Oct. 25, 1958

How long you’ve lived in your county: More than 30 years.

Education: Riverdale High School graduate; Air Force NCO: law enforcement specialist; Florida Highway Patrol police standards certified; commercial pilot: multi-engine - instrument rating; 7th degree black belt, Okinawa Kenpo Karate; Edison State College credits

Family: Married to Virginia Griffin; two children, two step-children and four grandchildren.

Political affiliation: Lifelong Republican

Current position: Owns Collier County’s largest legal investigative firm (27+ years); instructor, Lorenzo Walker Technology Institute

Q: What is the first thing you would do if elected?

A: My first focus as sheriff will be on the people that make the Collier County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) what it is. We will thoroughly review all HR and personnel components: reviews, salaries, pay scales. You name it. Once we fix the structure of the organization, we will be able to hire additional road deputies, improve public safety and improve logistics, all that and more. During the process, taxpayers will have full transparency into the CCSO.

Q: What would you do to make your community a better place to live?

A: As the county’s seventh largest business, the CCSO should be managed like a business and in partnership with the community. Under my leadership, the CCSO will preserve and protect the lives, property and constitutional guarantees of all persons, and will do so with efficiency and professionalism. Using common sense law enforcement yields positive results (not everyone should be arrested) and embracing community policing, the CCSO will work side-by-side with the community to make it better.

Q: What makes you the most qualified for this position?

A: I am a hands-on leader that delivers results quickly. When you see an organization of any size that has totally derailed, typically there are two root causes: poor senior management and poorly written policies and procedures that are neither communicated nor enforced. They go hand-in-hand, and you must fix both in order to fundamentally correct the problem, and the responsibility to fix these problems falls squarely on the shoulders of a single officer, the sheriff.

Q: What distinguishes you from your opponent?

A: Leadership is the defining issue of the race. Elected leaders must be trustworthy, ethical and individuals of the highest integrity, respected by their peers, associates and voters. The significant issues facing the Sheriff’s Office begin and end with respect and integrity. If the sheriff can “get away with it – bending the truth to his own needs” – why can’t everyone else do the same? Leadership starts at the top. No one is above the law.

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