Murray Hendel Award


In 2017 the Collier Citizens’ Council wanted to find a way to honor one of its founders and first president, Murray Hendel.

The idea was to establish an annual award to be given in Hendel’s name to someone who had made extraordinary contributions to Collier County.

2020 will mark our fourth year in awarding a Collier citizen who has made such contributions: Sheriff Kevin Rambosk. He follows Carrie Kerskie, Judge Janeice Martin and Nancy Laschied, all honored for their extraordinary contributions in their respective fields of endeavor.

Sheriff Rambosk has served as a police officer , an assistant city manager and city manager in the city of Naples before he became Sheriff of Collier County in 2009.

As Sheriff he has instituted numerous innovations that have served our area well within the parameters of law enforcement.

However while serving as Sheriff, Kevin has also served our community by serving actively on numerous county not-for-profit boards : Collier Resource Center, the Shelter for Abused Women, Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Collier , Boy Scouts of America , the Community Blood Center ,Juvenile Justice Center , Youth Haven and Substance Abuse Coalition of Collier County.

He has also been recognized for his numerous efforts by the following awards: 2020 NAACP Humanitarian Award, 2019 Florida Sheriffs’ Risk Management Fund Leadership award, named one of Gulfshore Life Magazine’s 2017 Man of the Year , 2016 Government Champion of Youth Paragon Award, Florida Business Recognition Award by Collier County School Board, 2014 Good Citizenship Medal-National Sons of the American Revolution , 2014 David S. Crawford Law Enforcement Officer Victim Services Award, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi 2013 Excellence in Leadership Award, Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce 2012 Man of Distinction Award, 2011 Leadership Award by the Florida D.A.R.E. Officers’ Association, Outstanding Community Policing Award by the National League of Cities , Outstanding Crime Prevention Program “Love our Kids” – Lock your Guns program award by the Florida Crime Prevention Association.

It is our pleasure and honor to add one more well deserved distinction to Sheriff Rambosk’s roster of awards, the 2020 Murray Hendel award for his extraordinary contributions to all of Collier County.