Rambosk announces Sheriff's Office restructuring, promotions

Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk announced restructuring Thursday, increasing the number of chiefs in the agency from four to six.

As part of the restructuring, Chris Roberts, who had been a captain in the special investigations division, was named corrections chief over the Naples and Immokalee jails. Former chief Scott Salley retired from the position in January.

Other promotions include Mike Hedberg to chief of the general legal counsel and court service department, and Stephanie Spell to chief of the community engagement department. Chiefs Jim Bloom, Greg Smith and Jim Williams will remain at the head of the departments of operations, administration and investigations, respectively.

All of the promotions came with pay increases that Rambosk said were within the current budget.

“All of these are existing positions, but we have retitled and upgraded some of them,” Rambosk said. “We’re trying to get back to some levels of infrastructure we’ve had in the past and doing it within the current allocation of dollars.”

Rambosk said the extra pay, which came as a part of the rank increases, was achieved through the retirements of other personnel — essentially filling higher positions with staff at a “lesser operational cost.”

Lower-level promotions with pay increases, such as those to the rank of sergeant, also happened over the past year, Rambosk said. The sheriff said the promotions should signal better economic conditions and the possibility of pay increases for the rest of the agency.

“We’re definitely looking at what we can do for the cost of living in the up and coming budget,” he said.

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