Carlos A. Gimenez - Mayor
Carlos A. Gimenez is the Mayor of Miami-Dade County – Florida’s most populous county. He is Miami-Dade County’s highest-ranking elected official and chief administrator, who oversees a metropolitan government with more than 28,000 employees, and an annual budget of approximately $8.9 billion that serves 2.8 million residents.
Since assuming office in 2011 after a special election, Mayor Gimenez has continued to consistently hold the line on tax increases while pressing for more technology and innovation in County initiatives. Gimenez championed and secured approval for the largest tax cut in County history eight years ago, and collectively Miami-Dade taxpayers have saved more than $1.9 billion during his tenure. To date, the average homeowner has saved approximately $1,700 in property taxes.
Gimenez was re-elected as Mayor in 2012 and again in 2016 for two consecutive four-year terms. He brings with him more than 40 years of public service experience.
Among the County’s 25 departments that Gimenez oversees are the two largest economic engines in South Florida – PortMiami and Miami International Airport. He also oversees the County’s public safety departments, including Miami-Dade Police, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, Corrections, and the Medical Examiner’s office. Collectively, between the airport and seaport, Miami-Dade County welcomes more than 50.5 million passengers a year, with the two facilities supporting more than 610,000 jobs throughout South Florida, either directly or indirectly.
Mayor Gimenez is currently overseeing the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department’s Capital Improvement Program – the largest in County history. Entering its seventh year, the multi-year CIP is forecasted to invest $7.5 billion in department infrastructure improvements. Utilizing state-of-the-art technologies, the upgrades will improve not only the reliability and environmental sustainability of the community’s water and sewer system, but also the plans for the future as they relate to resiliency, sea-level rise and climate change. This program is anticipated to contribute thousands of new jobs to the community over the course of the construction, as well as billions of dollars in positive economic impact to the community.
Prior to becoming Mayor, Gimenez served on the Board of County Commissioners for seven years. He was first elected in 2004 and subsequently re-elected for a second term without opposition in 2008. As Commissioner for District 7, he represented the City of Miami, the Village of Key Biscayne, the City of Coral Gables, the City of South Miami, and the Village of Pinecrest, as well as unincorporated areas. He also served as Chairman of the Government Operations Committee and Chairman of the Regional Transportation Committee, which oversaw Miami-Dade County's transportation systems.
From May 2000 to January 2003, Mayor Gimenez was Manager of the City of Miami and was credited with helping restore financial stability and integrity to that organization. As Miami’s chief administrative officer, he was responsible for an annual budget of $500 million, a 4,000-employee workforce and provision of services to almost 400,000 residents. During his tenure as Manager, the City's bond rating went from "junk" to investment grade and the tax rate dropped to its lowest level in 50 years. At the same time, Miami was able to establish more than $140 million in reserves.
Mayor Gimenez spent 25 years with the Miami Fire-Rescue Department before becoming City Manager. In his final nine years with the department, he served as Chief, during which time he was credited with modernizing the department and overseeing the largest reorganization in the department's history.
Born in Cuba, Mayor Gimenez and his family moved to the United States in 1960. He has been a Miami-Dade County resident ever since. He graduated from Christopher Columbus High School and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration from Barry University. In 1993, he completed the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Mayor Gimenez is married to the former Lourdes Portela. They have three adult children – Carlos, Julio and Lourdes – and six grandchildren.