Chief Hernandez is a 30 year veteran of the Colorado State Patrol and Colorado Port of Entry. He served as Interim Chief of the Colorado State Patrol beginning on February 22, 2013 before being named Chief on July 12, 2013.
Beginning his career with the State of Colorado as a Port of Entry Officer at the Fort Collins Port in April 1987, he was hired by the Colorado State Patrol in January 1991, his first duty station in Golden. He later served as a Trooper in Gilpin County, a Corporal in Idaho Springs, Sergeant and Captain in the Motor Carrier Safety Section, Major in the Operational Services Branch, Lieutenant Colonel, and Interim Chief at Headquarters prior to being named the 8th Chief of the Colorado State Patrol.
Possessing a special interest in commercial motor vehicle safety since 1987, Colonel Hernandez specialized in accident reconstruction, obtaining a Level IV Certification. He was one of four state participants to serve on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 program, an effort that focused on reducing commercial vehicles involved in crashes throughout our nation. Beginning in late 2007 until August 2008, Colonel Hernandez was leader of the Colorado State Patrol’s Planning, Security, and Response Team during the 2008 Democratic National Convention. As a result of his dedication to this special project, he was recognized with the Citizens Appreciate State Troopers (C.A.S.T.) Award in 2009.
Colonel Hernandez is a graduate of the 246th Session of the FBI National Academy, the 37th FBI National Leadership Institute class, the 216th Session of Northwestern Police Staff and Command School, and is also a member of the International Chiefs of Police and the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police.