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Michael J. Fernandez - Director

Michael J. Fernandez has served Miami-Dade County for over a decade. He has held progressively responsible positions, including deputy director, within the Department of Solid Waste Management (DSWM) prior to becoming the department director in 2019.

As deputy director, Mr. Fernandez oversaw the County’s Resources Recovery Facility contract operations, waste collection and disposal operations, recycling contract operations, fleet management, technical services (engineering, environmental compliance and maintenance), and enforcement activities. Mr. Fernandez participated in countywide waste facility permitting through the Department of Environmental Resources Management, the Development Impact Committee process, solid waste management planning, budget development, process improvement studies and the discipline process. He was responsible for the Department’s operational preparation for and response to emergencies and natural disasters.

Prior to his employment with DSWM, Mr. Fernandez gained eight years of valuable private sector solid waste management experience in various roles, mostly with Browning-Ferris Industries, including that of operations manager and dispatch supervisor at BFI Waste Systems where he provided oversight to roll-off operations, implemented same-day service and sequenced and audited routes to include all commercial, residential, recycling and roll-off.

Presently, as department director, Mr. Fernandez oversees close to 1,000 employees, a $500 million budget, a customer base of 353,000 households, and the management of a collection and disposal system including multiple landfills, transfer stations, 13 trash and recycling centers and the largest public waste-to-energy plant in the country.

Mr. Fernandez holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Florida International University, as well as numerous certificates in his field.

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