Collier sheriff announces staff organizational changes

Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk on Thursday announced some restructuring and position realignments at the Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriffs traditionally reorganize the agency they lead when they take office. However, when Sheriff Rambosk took office in January 2009, the county and entire nation were experiencing one of the most severe economic downturns in history. His focus at that time was on collapsing positions and consolidating functions in order to conserve taxpayer dollars and avoid layoffs, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office.

“Now, with the economy stabilizing, I am pleased to say that we are able to implement our organizational plan for the future,” Rambosk said.

No new positions are being created, although some areas are being renamed. There is a consolidation of duties in some areas, and some positions have been reclassified based on new roles and responsibilities, according to the release.

Certain roles are returning to the function they served prior to the economic downturn. During the downturn, Rambosk cut $20.6 million from the agency’s budget, for a cumulative $48 million reduction, he reports.

The changes announced Thursday are being funded within the agency’s existing budget. Rambosk said he plans more organizational changes at other levels in order to increase operational effectiveness and efficiencies.

Changes in position include:

■ Chris Roberts is moving from captain of the Special Investigations Division to chief of the Corrections Department.

■ Mike Hedberg is moving from captain of the Legal Office to chief of the General Legal Counsel and Court Service Department.

■ Stephanie Spell is moving from Director of Community Outreach to Chief of the Community Engagement Department.

■ Rod Bishop is moving from commander of the Criminal Investigations Division to captain of the Criminal Investigations Division.

■ Darlyn Estes is moving from manager of the Human Resources Division to director of the Human Resources Division.

■ Beth Jones is moving from commander of the Youth Prevention and Delinquency Services Division to captain of the Youth Prevention and Delinquency Services Division.

■ Robert Lewis is moving from commander of the Special Operations Division to captain of the Special Operations Division.

■ Harold Minch is moving from lieutenant of Vice and Narcotics to captain of the Special Investigations Division.

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