Horace McHugh, who has extensive executive municipal experience, served multiple cities in South Florida during his 27-year career, they include: The Cities of Fort Lauderdale, Miami Gardens, Oakland Park and most recently, Plantation. He was the first to serve as Assistant City Manager for the City of Miami Gardens after it was incorporated as a municipality – the third largest City in Miami-Dade County. Prior to joining municipal government, McHugh worked 11 years in the financial industry at a leading banking institution.
Throughout his career, McHugh has developed and implemented policies, long range and strategic initiatives, prepared and executed operating and capital budgets. He has overseen large-scale infrastructure projects, including a $28 million water-sewer improvement program. McHugh has led departments responsible for information and technology, human resources, risk management, procurement, fleet, facilities, events and financial services.
A graduate of Pace University in New York, McHugh earned both his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Finance. He is also a Credentialed ICMA Manager, a graduate of the ICMA Senior Executive Institute at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. McHugh is a member of numerous civic and community associations and served as a Past-President for the Leadership Broward Foundation.
Horace says he is impressed with the City’s dynamic cultural activities, excellent public safety services, low crime rate and well-maintained parks. Of joining the City’s management team, McHugh remarked, “The City’s vision and plans for a vibrant Downtown, will make Coral Springs an even more desirable location for businesses and residents. I look forward to working alongside the highly professional staff from Coral Springs to see that vision realized.”
A long-time resident of the City of Sunrise, McHugh has been married for 30 years, he and his wife, Charmaine, have two adult children, Stephen and Chantelle. He enjoys theater, music, cultural activities and travelling. Last year McHugh and his wife visited China, and most recently took a holiday trip to Jamaica.
Of selecting Horace to join the City of Coral Springs, City Manager Michael Goodrum said, “Horace has the knowledge and vision we were looking for in a Deputy City Manager. I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to hire someone with such extensive, local municipal experience, who shares the same professional outlook on our City’s future.”
Horace McHugh begins his career with the City of Coral Springs on Tuesday, February 19, 2019. He will share executive management responsibilities with fellow Deputy City Manager, Melissa Heller.