Mayor Pro Tem Hernandez


Councilmember Hernandez

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. 
Before and since retirement, Mayor Pro Tem Hernandez has become actively involved in community and professional services. Mayor Pro Tem Hernandez has been married for 43 years to wife, Louise, and has three children, four grandchildren, and all reside in the City of Yorba Linda. Hernandez is a 27 year resident of Yorba Linda and his passion is hands-on community volunteerism and world humanitarian travel. His volunteerism includes: 2004 and 2012 Wheelchair  Distribution Projects, Puerto Vallarta, Hermosillo, San Carlos and  Guaymas, Mexico 2005 Water  Well Project, Zambia, Africa 2006  Rotary Group Study Exchange Team Leader (District 1910-Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina) 2007-2012 Corazon  (home builds in Tecate, Mexico) 2008-2009, Rotary  International District Governor, District 530, 27 year Rotarian 2008-2012 National Immunization Days in India (distribution of polio vaccines). 
Mayor Pro Tem Hernandez was elected to the Yorba Linda City Council in 2012 and was appointed by Council to serve as the current Mayor Pro Tem in December 2016. If you would like to contact Mayor Pro Tem Eugene "Gene" Hernandez, email