Savannah City Council last Thursday unanimously selected a public administrator with more than 25 years of local government management experience to be Savannah’s next City Manager.
“I am confident that we’ve got the right man in the right job,” Mayor Eddie DeLoach said. “I look forward to working with Rob to accomplish great things for Savannah.”
During a Thursday afternoon news conference, Roberto “Rob” Hernandez thanked Council for placing its confidence in him to lead an organization of nearly 2,600 individuals and a $363 million annual budget.
“I am deeply honored and humbled by Council’s vote today,” Hernandez said. “I intend to be in Savannah for a long time. The history, the people, the neighborhoods, the strong economic foundation – Savannah has all the ingredients for continued growth and vibrancy. Who wouldn’t want to be part of that?”
Hernandez plans to begin as City Manager on Oct. 10. He currently serves as Deputy County Administrator of Broward County, Fla. He has served as Deputy City Manager of Coral Springs, Fla.; Deputy County Manager of Fulton County, Ga.; and Assistant to the County Administrator of Broward County. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1983-2008.
He said first up on his list of priorities is development of a long-range strategic plan for Savannah.
“We need to make sure this organization is moving forward, and has clear direction,” Hernandez said. “I can’t wait to get started.”