Director Info

Hernan Cardeno is a 34 year veteran of law enforcement, having first served with the Bal Harbour Police Department where he rose through the ranks to Assistant Chief of Police.

He later became one of the youngest Chiefs of Police in Miami-Dade County history when he was appointed Chief of the Golden Beach Police Department; later serving as Assistant City Manager and subsequently Interim City Manager. In 2001, he accepted an Executive Commander position with the North Miami Beach Police Department with oversight of the Forfeiture Section, Grants Management, and Money- Laundering task force before being recruited by the Miami Beach Police Department.

As the Support Services Division Commander for the Miami Beach Police, he had oversight of the Property and Evidence Unit (PEU), Training Unit, Personnel Selection and Background Investigations Unit, and Business Resource Unit comprised of Off-Duty police services and Payroll services. Commander Cardeno previously commanded the Technical Services Division comprised of the Public Safety Communications Unit (PSCU) 9-1-1 Center, Records Management Unit, Professional Standards, Information Resources, and Grants Management.

Mr. Cardeno was most recently appointed as the Code Compliance Department Director where he oversees the enforcement of City laws and ordinances ensuring the health, safety, welfare, and quality of life for the residents, businesses, owners and tourists of the City of Miami Beach.

Mr. Cardeno is a graduate of the University of Louisville’s Southern Police Institute Command Officers Development Course and the FBI’s Federal Executive Development Course. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Barry University, having majored in Human Resources Management with a minor in Counseling; and a Juris Doctor Degree from Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad Law Center. He is an active member of the Florida Bar and the American Bar Association.