MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Miami-Dade has a new communications  chief.

Mayor Carlos Gimenez hired Michael Hernández to fill the communications director position, according to our news partners the Miami Herald.

He will replace Fernando Figueredo who returned last month to a position with Florida International University.

His new position will pay him $140,000 a year, according to the paper. That’s $15, 000 more than his predecessor’s salary.

Hernández has a background in politics, according to the paper.

Before joining the county,  he worked at a market research and political consulting firm. He previously worked for Coral Gables-based  Balsera Communications agency. He was also the Hispanic communications director for the Miami-Dade Democratic Party.

Hernández will start work Wednesday.

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