Appointed by the City Commission, the City Manager is the chief administrative officer for the City. This Office oversees all departments, guides the City’s growth and evolution, and operates at the direction of the City Commission.  In addition, the City Manager’s Office is also responsible for the administration of Coconut Creek’s economic development, and community relations.

Categories Telephone
Mary Blasi - City Manager
 954-973-6720
Bernadette Hughes - Assistant to the City Manager
954-956-1520
Yvonne Lopez - Community Relations Director
954-973-6722
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Mary C. Blasi, City Manager

The Coconut Creek City Commission named Mary Blasi as City Manager on September 12, 2013, with a unanimous vote. She serves as Coconut Creek's first female City Manager.

Blasi is responsible for overseeing the City’s 110 million dollar budget, 370 full-time employees, and the City’s day-to-day operations.

Blasi joined Coconut Creek in June 1996 as the City's Director of Finance and Administrative Services, was named Assistant City Manager in August 2002, and Deputy City Manager in June 2008. Mary is one of the founding directors of the Coconut Creek Chamber of Commerce.  She also sits on the Board of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, Broward County's official public/private partnership for economic development.

Blasi is a Certified Public Accountant, an International City Management Association (ICMA) Credentialed Manager, and a Certified Government Finance Officer. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame, is a graduate of the Advanced Government Finance Institute at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a graduate of the University of Virginia's Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service Senior Executive Institute. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Notre Dame Alumni Association of Fort Lauderdale and is their past President.

Prior to joining the City, Blasi was Director of Finance for the Cities of Tamarac, Hallandale Beach and Dania Beach.

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    Bernadette Hughes, Assistant to the City Manager

    Bernadette Hughes joined the City of Coconut Creek in 2014 as the Assistant to the City Manager.  She has worked in local government for more than twelve years, with a focus on operational efficiency and effectiveness, performance management and scorecards, customer and employee surveys, and strategic planning.  Prior to working in Coconut Creek, Bernadette worked in the City of Tamarac where she spearheaded their performance excellence initiative which led to Tamarac becoming the third city in the United States to be inducted into the International Balanced Scorecard Hall of Fame by Drs. Kaplan and Norton. 

    Bernadette has a Master’s of Public Administration degree from North Carolina State University, a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Political Science, and is a Six Sigma Green Belt.  She has served on the Board of Directors of the Florida Benchmarking Consortium for the past three years, and was a statewide Florida Governor’s Sterling Examiner for seven years.  Bernadette is also a graduate of the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service LEAD Program (Leading, Educating, and Developing) for high performance government.

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    Yvonne Lopez, Community Relations Director

    Yvonne Lopez joined the City of Coconut Creek as the Public Information Officer in 2005 and was promoted as the Community Relations Director in 2013. She is responsible for planning and implementing programs to convey information on City programs, functions and activities. She launched the City’s Citizen’s Academy, Speaker’s Bureau, CreekTV and social media outreach.

    Prior to joining the City, Yvonne served as Vice President of Public Relations and Communications for The Broward Alliance.  Before relocating from New York City, Yvonne worked for Dow Jones Television as the Community Affairs Director, and WPIX/Channel 11 as the Community Affairs Manager.  She is the past Chair of Atlantic Technical Center’s Student Advisory Council and has chaired the boards of  Hispanic Unity (appointed as Board Member Emeritus); Six Degrees/Big Brothers, Big Sisters (currently serves as a Big Sister); and ASPIRA Broward.

    Her non-profit experience stems from employment with the New York City Partnership and the National Puerto Rican Forum.

    She holds a Bachelors Degree in Communications Arts from New York Institute of Technology.