Monroe County – Sheriff-elect Rick Ramsay announced today he has chosen current Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Cameron to be his second-in-command when he takes office in January.
In an announcement sent out to his employees Wednesday afternoon, he said:
“After long, hard thought and much consideration, I have chosen current Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Cameron for the position. I have known Bill for some time now, having met him four years ago in Tallahassee while attending the conference for New Sheriffs with Sheriff Bob Peryam. Sheriff Peryam and I were both impressed with his intelligence, his diverse law enforcement experience and his depth of education,” he said.
Over the past four years, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office have worked closely together in a number of areas, including overhauling the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Property Division, and on Corrections and Law Enforcement Accreditation inspections. Ramsay said the more he’s worked with Cameron, the more he has come to like and respect him.
“I have continued to be impressed with him both professionally and personally. He has owned a home here in the Keys for a number of years, spending a lot of time here in our county. I know he looks forward to becoming a permanent resident and an involved community member,” said Sheriff-elect Ramsay.
Cameron worked for the Lee County Sheriff’s Office for 17 years, working his way up the ranks to Captain. He was appointed to the position of Charlotte County Sheriff by the Governor in December of 2003. He was in that position for a year, before being chosen by the next incoming sheriff as his Chief Deputy. He served as Chief Deputy for four years before being elected Sheriff in 2008. Cameron has a Master’s Degree in Business, a Bachelor’s Degree in Executive Management and an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the National Sheriff’s Institute and the Southern Police Institute.
Ramsay says he thinks Monroe County will also benefit from Cameron becoming a permanent resident. “I think community service is extremely important. Bill serves on many boards of directors in Charlotte County and I expect he will carry that over to Monroe County as a caring and giving member of our community. I look forward to having Bill come to work for our agency. I believe he will be a great asset to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office as we move into the future.”