Mayor Pro Tem Gene Hernandez was born and raised in Burbank, California, and is a third generation Californian. Mayor Pro Tem Hernandez received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Administration of Criminal Justice from San Jose State University and his Masters of Science Degree in Management from Cal Poly, Pomona. He is a graduate of Class 15 of the California POST Command College and Class 154 of the F.B.I. National Academy. Mayor Pro Tem Hernandez entered law enforcement as a police officer with the City of Fullerton in 1972. He transferred to the Orange Police Department in 1975 and attained the rank of Captain, with his last assignment being the Administrative Division Commander. Other assignments included: Detective, Motor Officer, SWAT Team Member and Team Leader, Accident Investigator and Project Manager for the then new Orange Police Facility. In 1998, he assumed the Chief of Police position with the City of Chino and held that position until his retirement in December of 2006.
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