On Thursday, October 1st San Bernardino County officials appointed Leonard X. Hernandez the county’s new Chief Operating Officer.
Hernandez will succeed Gary McBride, who has served as CEO for nearly three years and will remain with the County as Strategic Projects Director under a contract extension approved by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.
Responding to the appointment Hernandez, who began his career with the county more than 20 years ago as a library employee, said, “I am humbled by the confidence the Board of Supervisors has placed in me and grateful for the opportunity to lead this great County organization, which has been my professional home for so many years.”
After his time with the County Library Hernandez gained additional experience and sharpened his management skills with the City of Riverside as the Director of Libraries before returning to San Bernardino in 2010 as County Librarian.
“I have known Leonard since 2006, when he was the manager of the Fontana Branch Library,” said Board of Supervisors Vice Chair Josie Gonzales. “Throughout the years, I have watched him grow as a leader and I have seen his commitment to serving the community.”
Gonzales further noted as a Supervisor for the past 16 years, there is no decision more important than the selection of the county’s CEO. “I have full confidence in Leonard, and I have no doubt that he will help guide our County to new heights in the years to come.”
In 2016 Hernandez became the Interim County Chief Operating Officer and then in 2017, Hernandez was officially appointed to the position of County Chief Operating Officer. In that role, Hernandez has coordinated the County’s multi-departmental response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the leadership of the Board of Supervisors the County’s COVID Task Force has led the State in its response to the pandemic and service to the public.
“We are excited to welcome Leonard Hernandez as our County’s new CEO,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “COVID-19 has presented many unique challenges within our community, and Leonard’s extensive experience within the County and his integral role on the executive leadership team have strongly positioned him to lead the County during this unique time. His talents, leadership, and dedication to seeing the County thrive will serve him well as CEO.”
Hernandez is a resident of San Bernardino County.”
S.E. Williams is executive editor of the IE Voice and Black Voice News.