Carlos Hernández (politician)
|Mayor of Hialeah, Florida|
|Assumed office |
May 23, 2011
|Preceded by||Julio Robaina|
|Member of the Hialeah City Council|
from the 6th district
November 30, 2005 – May 23, 2011
|Preceded by||Roberto Casas|
|Succeeded by||Paul "Pablito" Hernandez|
|Born||March 8, 1961|
|Profession||Politician, retired police officer|
Carlos Hernández (born March 8, 1961 in Camagüey, Cuba) is a Cuban-born American politician. Hernández has served as the Mayor of Hialeah, Florida, since May 23, 2011. He became acting mayor upon the resignation of his predecessor, Julio Robaina, who left the Hialeah mayoral office to pursue an unsuccessful campaign for Mayor of Miami-Dade County.
Hernández was elected to the Hialeah city council in November 2005. He was further elected council president in 2007 and again in 2009 by the members of the council. Under the Hialeah city charter, Hernández, who was still council president in 2011, became Mayor of Hialeah upon the resignation of former Mayor Julio Robaina in 2011.
In July 2015, the Miami-Dade County Ethics Commission made findings that Hernández had lied twice in an October 2011 press conference about high-interest loans of $180,000 to a convicted Ponzi schemer. He was fined $3,000 by the Miami-Dade County Ethics Commission.
On November 7, 2015, Hernández sent 28 buckets filled with pennies and nickels via a truck to pay the fine despite being ordered to pay with a check. The payment was refused and the Commission is now suing him for refusing to pay.
In September of 2019 he decided to cut the pay of The City of Hialeah Firefighters by 6% which, on average, is $500 or more per person. He claims that the cut was to raise pensions for other citizens without raising taxes. 
- Isensee, Laura (2011-05-26). "Hialeah has new acting mayor". Miami Herald. Retrieved 2011-11-06.