DORAL, FL – On Wednesday morning, Dec. 21, Barbara Hernandez was appointed as the new City of Doral manager during the first council meeting held by elected Mayor Christi Fraga.
“I feel so grateful to God, my family, my friends, the city, the council, and the community, and excited because I know we are going to do great things to keep the city moving forward. I am ready to work,” said Hernandez during an interview with Doral Family Journal.
She was elected on an unanimous vote by the new council. “I really appreciate their support and their backing on that,” said the new City Manager stated, who was the City of Miami Parks and Recreation Director.
As part of her new role, Barbara Hernandez will focus first in the parks bond approved in 2018, that she will work to move it forward, while also in finishing Doral Central Park.
In addition, she will also focus in the security and safety of Doral. “I love our Police Department but I know there’s always room for improvement, and I’ll work with them in that direction.”
Other topics she will work on as the new City Manager include providing better customer service and having a better connection with the community.
Hernandez, who is also the wife of Danny Espino, who was recently elected as the new Miami-Dade School Board member for District 5, worked in Doral for 14 years from 2005 to 2019, first as a parks superintendent and then as director of the parks department.