Assistant City Manager
Director of Public Safety
Frank G. Fernandez was appointed to the position of Assistant City Manager/Public Safety Director for the City of Coral Gables in June 2015. In addition to operational sworn law enforcement authority over the traditional spheres of Public Safety (Police, Fire, and Emergency Management), as the Assistant City Manager/Director of Public Safety he oversees Human Resources, Risk Management, Labor Relations and Information Technology Departments to ensure the highest level of coordination, recruitment, retention, training, and technological innovation.
He is currently the Chairman of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Firearms Committee. He has served as an adjunct professor at Miami-Dade College School of Business. Additionally, he has acted as an expert police consultant to the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division for over nine years. As a consultant, he investigated and assisted in reforming six major police departments across the country.
Fernandez started his law enforcement career with the City of Miami Police Department (MPD) where he retired in 2010 after 25 years of service, the last seven of which he served as the Deputy Chief of Police and Chief of Operations. Throughout his career with MPD he held key positions in the areas of Patrol, Narcotics, Crime Suppression, Tactical and Investigations Unit, Community Affairs Section, and the Neighborhood Enhancement Team (NET). Throughout this career, he held Operator, Team-leader and Commander positions at the Miami Police SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) team.
As MPD Deputy Chief and Chief of Operations, he was second in command of the police department, responsible for both the Field Operations and Investigative Divisions. He oversaw to the continuous improvement of services and the enhancement of public confidence by reducing crime as well as the fear of crime. Between 2003 and 2010 MPD Part I Crimes dropped by 30 percent. At the helm of the Field Operations Division, Deputy Chief Fernandez was entrusted with leading the patrol component of the agency, encompassing over 1,000 police officers to include, District-level Patrol, the Specialized Operations Section, Communications, Community Relations, and the Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. He successfully completed a major reorganization of the Miami Police Department immediately upon his appointment in order to effectively allocate manpower while ensuring accountability at all levels. Among his career highlights were his crucial role in facilitating and commanding the police component of the Free Trade Area of the Americas Conference, held in Miami in 2003 and Operation Eagle Eye, a major homeland security exercise in March 2005. In addition, he traveled with the Southern Command Chief, Army General Bantz Craddock and five U.S. senators to Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba to assess conditions at the detention facility that housed prisoners of war from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Deputy Chief Frank Fernandez was a board member of the Citizens Crime Watch of Miami-Dade County. He is the recipient of several MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) Awards of Distinction, the National Latino Peace Officers Association’s 2004 Chief’s Leadership Award, and the nationally recognized Police Executive Research Forum’s Gary P. Hayes Award, among others.
In 2012, he was appointed Assistant City Manager and Director of Public Safety for the City of Hollywood, Florida. Subsequently, he was also appointed Chief of Police for the Hollywood Police Department. At the time, the Hollywood’s Police and Fire Departments had a combined budget of approximately $108.6 million, which includes 564 full-time sworn/certified positions and 219 full-time non-sworn positions, making up more than 60 percent of the city’s workforce and overall budget. During his tenure, he led numerous large-scale policy, procedural, and structural reforms across multiple departments including Internal Affairs, Property and Evidence Unit, Investigations Division, and Crime Intelligence Unit, which provided transparency, operational effectiveness, and accountability. He strategically implemented several crime reduction and community initiatives that reduced crime in 2013 by 13 percent and 2 percent overall in 2014.
He holds a Bachelor’s from Barry University and a Master’s Degree from Nova Southeastern University. Other academic accomplishments include: completing the Police Executive Research Forum’s (PERF) Senior Management Institute for Police in 2003; earning his Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification from Florida International University’s College of Engineering and Computing; and graduating from FBI’s prestigious National Executive Institute (NEI) in 2004.
He is married and is the father of three daughters and one son; he has two granddaughters. He has been actively involved in the community with youth baseball as a coach and vice president for local baseball league in which he oversees over 100 players in the 7U category as well as the team manager/coach for the 12U travel ball team.
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