Mr. Hernandez served most recently as the Director of Parks for the County of Santa Barbara. Under the direction of the County Executive Officer, he was responsible for the administration of the department’s 85 full-time employees, 7,850 acres of developed parks, the Cachuma Lake Recreational Area, area beaches, aquatics programs, open space areas, and the supervision of the Arts Commission. Under Mr. Hernandez’s leadership, the Santa Barbara County Parks Department served a population of approximately 400,000 residents with over 4.5 million visitors, annually. During his tenure, Mr. Hernandez increased departmental revenues and reduced expenditures, creating greater efficiencies for the operations of the department.
In addition, Mr. Hernandez’s distinguished resume includes serving as the Director of Parks, Recreation and Facilities for the City of Arroyo Grande, California; the Director of Youth Services for North Jeffco Park and Recreation District in Colorado; and the Community Services Manager for the City of Carpinteria, California. Mr. Hernandez competed for this position as part of a nationwide recruitment which was a highly competitive process. “I am pleased to welcome Dan to the position of PRCS Director. His leadership skills will be instrumental to the City team, as he oversees our high quality recreation programs, Veterans Memorial Complex, park facilities, and our regional Senior Center,” said City Manager John Nachbar.