Sheriff Kevin Rambosk swore in newly appointed and promoted Collier County Sheriff’s Office employees at a ceremony Tuesday, July 8.
Sheriff Rambosk administered the oath of office to 16 new members at a ceremony at the Professional Development Center, 615 Third Ave. S., Naples. Recently promoted members were also recognized at the ceremony.
In front of their families, friends and new colleagues, these men and women affirmed to carry out their duties as deputy sheriffs. They will serve in a variety of positions including patrol, corrections, communications, and administration.
Charles Beaird was appointed to law enforcement officer. He was born in Collier County and graduated from Barron Collier High School. He has several years of prior law enforcement experience working for the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and the Sanibel Police Department.
Bobbi Burnett was appointed to property and evidence technician. She was born and raised in Long Beach, Calif., and has been in Collier County for one year. She attended Long Beach City College where she studied human biology. Prior to joining CCSO she spent 19 years with the Signal Hill Police Department in California.
Paul Fardella was appointed to dispatcher. He was born and raised in New York has been in Collier County for two years. He majored in business administration at Nassau Community College in New York. He comes to CCSO from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.
Demetris Jackson was appointed deputy trainee. He was born and raised in Southwest Florida. Prior to joining CCSO he worked as a probation officer at the Florida Department of Corrections. He has a degree in criminal justice. He served as a master-at-arms in the Navy.
Janie Leal was appointed to jail technician. She was born and raised in Collier County. She attended Florida Gulf Coast University, where she earned a degree in forensic science. She previously worked at Van Heusen.
Allan Lester was appointed to law enforcement officer. He has 12 years prior law enforcement experience working for the DeKalb County (Georgia) Police Department. The Illinois native served in the Marine Corps.
William McClelland was appointed to law enforcement officer. The lifelong Immokalee resident has more than 15 years prior law enforcement experience, starting with the Florida Department of Corrections, then the Seminole Police Department and most recently the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office.
David Mercado was appointed to reserve deputy. He was born in Puerto Rico, was raised in Miami, and has been in Collier County for eight years. He works at Goodyear Tire.
Matthew Milligan was appointed to volunteer. He was raised in Southwest Florida and attends Florida Gulf Coast University where he is studying forensic science.
Thomas Morris was appointed to dispatcher. He was a security officer prior to joining CCSO. The Naples native is a graduate of Naples High School.
Joshua Patton was appointed to corrections officer trainee. He was raised in Naples and graduated from Palmetto Ridge High School. He previously served in the Army.
Melissa Peters was appointed to fiscal clerk. She majored in education at the University of North Florida. Prior to joining CCSO she worked at Premier Sotheby’s International Realty.
Nancy Regrets was appointed to jail technician. She was born in Pennsylvania and has been in Collier County for a year. She studied computer science at St. John’s River State College in northern Florida. She previously worked at CVS as a pharmacy technician.
Michael Ridgway was appointed to Corrections officer trainee. The Collier County native previously worked as an airboat captain at Captain Jacks in Everglades City. .
Jamie Schenkerman was appointed to office specialist. She was born in Honolulu and has lived in Collier County for 25 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in corporate communications and a master’s degree in management from Hodges University. She previously worked at Southwest Florida Wealth Group.
Kathryn Wilson was appointed to dispatcher. Prior to joining CCSO, she worked at the State Attorney’ Office. She was born in Ohio and has lived in Collier County for most of her life.
Kristine Huff was promoted to the rank of sergeant in the General Crimes Bureau. Sgt. Huff began her career at the Collier County Sheriff's Office more than 15 years ago as a civilian jail deputy and then as an advanced emergency medical dispatcher. After becoming a certified deputy, Sgt. Huff worked as a patrol deputy for four years, and has been serving as a detective in the Criminal Investigations Division since 2007. Throughout her career, Sgt. Huff has received numerous letters of commendation, command recognitions, personal achievement and conduct awards. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Hodges University.