Carlos Hernández (politician)

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Carlos Hernández
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Mayor of Hialeah, Florida
Assumed office
May 23, 2011
Preceded by Julio Robaina
Personal details
Born (1961-03-08) March 8, 1961 (age 55)
Camaguey, Cuba
Spouse(s) Nancy Hernández
Children Kayla and Hunter
Residence Hialeah, Florida
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.[1] 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.[1]

Hernández was raised in Hialeah. Florida. He received a bachelor's degree in organizational leadership from St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens.

Hernández was elected to the Hialeah city council in November 2005.[1] He was further elected council president in 2007 and again in 2009 by the members of the council.[1] 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.[1]

Carlos Hernández won a full term in the 2011 Hialeah mayoral election.[2]

Ethics Violation[edit]

In July of 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.[3][4]

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.[5][6][7]

In May of 2016, Hernández delivered 145 boxes of coins to a Miami bank that, in turn, transferred the $4,000 to the Miami-Dade County Ethics Commission.[8][9][10]