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Carlos Hernández (politician)

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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]

Carlos Hernández
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Mayor of Hialeah, Florida
Assumed office
May 23, 2011
Preceded byJulio Robaina
Personal details
Born (1961-03-08) March 8, 1961 (age 58)
Camaguey, Cuba
Spouse(s)Nancy Hernández
ResidenceHialeah, Florida
ProfessionPolitician, retired police officer

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 ViolationEdit

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.[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 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]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e Isensee, Laura (2011-05-26). "Hialeah has new acting mayor". Miami Herald. Retrieved 2011-11-06.
  2. ^ http://www.hialeahfl.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=15&Itemid=214&lang=en
  3. ^ http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/crime/article26739355.html
  4. ^ http://miami.cbslocal.com/2015/01/15/ethics-commission-charges-hialeah-mayor-carlos-hernandez-with-lying/
  5. ^ http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/hialeah/article43539735.html
  6. ^ http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/hialeah/article45416034.html
  7. ^ http://www.wptv.com/news/state/hialeah-mayor-carlos-hernandez-tries-to-pay-4k-with-28-buckets-filled-with-coins
  8. ^ http://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/nation-world/national/article75925727.html
  9. ^ http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/hialeah/article75829512.html
  10. ^ http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/hialeah-mayor-carlos-hernandez-ends-up-paying-ethics-fine-in-pennies-and-nickles-8438498

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