We are delighted to announce that Sheriff Don Hunter (Ret.) has joined our executive team as Vice President, adding to an already impressive list of industry talent. Situated in Naples, FL, he will be leading our Southwest Florida division and overseeing Cambridge’s expansion on the west coast. A strategic hire, we are honored to be able to attract executives of Sheriff Hunter’s caliber and are excited about the capabilities, qualities, and reputation that he brings to our company.
We opened our Naples office in February of this year to serve both Collier and Lee Counties. Sheriff Hunter will be responsible for the day-to-day operations; recruitment, training, and mentoring of security officers; and business development for this region.
Please join us in welcoming Sheriff Hunter to the Cambridge family.
About Sheriff Don Hunter
With a distinguished 35-year career in law enforcement, Sheriff Hunter served Collier County as sheriff for 20 years, and as chief of police of Marco Island for three years. After his retirement from public service, Sheriff Hunter acted as a consultant and law enforcement liaison to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).
During his tenure as sheriff, Hunter was responsible for strategies and tactics that led to the lowest ever recorded crime rates in the county’s history and for the design and construction of a state-of-the-art emergency operations and communications center. He led a nationally recognized narcotics task force operations in collaboration with the DEA, dozens of successful SWAT rescues, high-risk subject apprehensions, and dignitary protection assignments.
During his public law enforcement career Sheriff Hunter received numerous gubernatorial and state appointments, most notably the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force and the Florida Domestic Security Oversight Council. Throughout his career, top-ranking members of our national security community have relied upon Sheriff Hunter’s expertise. Having held ‘secret’ security clearance from the FBI for domestic security and counter-terror operations during his tenure as sheriff, he was charged with briefing then-Vice President Cheney, as well as the Director of the Office of National Security on the topic of Florida domestic security operations, Florida law enforcement intelligence considerations and Southwest Florida domestic security preparedness.
Sheriff Hunter has acquired many professional certifications and qualifications, including FBI SWAT/hostage rescue tactical operations, Hostage Negotiator, IACP SWAT Commander, Narcotics Commander (University of North Florida/Institute of Police Technology and Management), NRA law enforcement firearms instructor (firearms “expert” rated), and invited professional association memberships for the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, among numerous others.
A graduate of the FBI National Academy, Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute (where he has also served as an instructor and a member of the Board of Directors), Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Business Executive studies program, Sheriff Hunter also holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Florida State University in criminology and criminology/criminal justice planning respectively.