Carlos Hernandez was born on March 8, 1961 in Camaguey, Cuba. He grew up in Hialeah, playing in the City's parks and studying in its public schools.
He graduated from Saint Thomas University with a Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Leadership.
Before being elected to public office, Mayor Hernandez served the community as a police officer in the Hialeah Police Department for over twenty-two years. He retired as the Commander of the Sector 4 Sub-station.
Mayor Hernandez has served the City of Hialeah as a Council Member since 2005. He was elected by his peers on the City Council in 2007 to serve as Council Vice President and in 2009 to serve as Council President, a leadership position he held until he was appointed Mayor of the City of Hialeah on May 23, 2011.
On November 15, 2011 Carlos Hernandez was elected by the citizens of Hialeah to continue serving as their Mayor.
Mayor Hernandez lives with his wife Nancy, and their children, Kayla and Hunter.