Chief Rick Ramirez - Board Member
In November 2015, Rick Ramirez retired from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), where he served as the Special Agent In-Charge (SAC) for the Tampa Bay Regional Operations Center. In his previous position, Rick Ramirez oversaw the day to day operations of the Criminal investigations, Forensic Laboratory, Domestic Security, Mutual Aid and the Protection Operations Services for the Governor and his family while in Tampa. Ramirez also served as a Co-Chair representing the Tampa Bay Regional Domestic Security Task Force, Region IV, engaged in a leadership position addressing local, regional, and State security, and information sharing efforts, to include Intelligence, Fusion Center, and the State Homeland Security Grant Funding Program and Urban Area Security Initiative.
Ramirez served as a Security Advisor/Coordinator/Liaison for major regional and State events such as the 2012 Republican National Convention, two NFL Super Bowls, and numerous Governor’s Conventions. During his FDLE career Ramirez worked investigations while assigned to economic crimes, violent crimes, narcotics, public integrity, and internal affairs. Prior to FDLE, Ramirez began his law enforcement career in 1992 with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, where he served as a Deputy Patrolman and Special Investigations Unit investigator handling major crimes investigations. He served in both the United States Navy and United States Army National Guard for a combined service time of over 11 years. He served as a member and past-President of the Tampa Bay Area Chief of Police Association, and Co-Established the Tampa Bay Tax-ID Fraud Alliance with IRS.
He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management from Warner Southern College and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of South Florida. Ramirez was also an adjunct faculty member at the University of South Florida, Hillsborough Community College, and Pasco-Hernando State College.