Ricardo Fernandez is a native of Cuba who grew up in New York City. He graduated from Bernard M. Baruch College of the City University of New York and is a Certified Public Accountant, passing all parts of the Uniform CPA exam in May 1983.
Fernandez has worked for the City of Tallahassee for more than 27 years. He joined the City in 1988 when the City Commission appointed him as City Auditor. In 1998, he became the Assistant City Manager of Utility Services overseeing Electric and Underground Utilities, Solid Waste, Business Services, StarMetro, Golf Courses and Fleet Management. He was appointed City Manager by the City Commission on November 10, 2015.
As City Manager, Fernandez reports directly to the City Commission. He is responsible for maintaining the management functions of city government and administering the day-to-day operations. He provides oversight of the City Commission meeting agenda process, working closely with the City Commission to establish long term strategic plans and short term targets to guide the operation of city government. He is responsible for a total staff of approximately 2,800 employees and an annual budget of $852.5 million, which includes both the operating and capital budgets.
Prior to his work for the City of Tallahassee, Fernandez held positions as an audit supervisor for the City of Dallas for over four years under the direction of the City Council and the City Auditor and as an auditor in private industry (banking and diversified industry) for six years.
He and his wife, Ami, have two adult daughters, Delia and Kristina.