Chuck grew up in Hialeah and moved to Broward County in 1975. Having originally lived in Pembroke Pines, Chuck moved to Cooper City in 1978 where he and his wife Kathy reside. 


He began his public safety career when he joined the Miami-Dade County Fire Rescue Department in 1978 as a fire fighter/paramedic.  He rose through the ranks to the second highest position of Deputy Director. 


 In 1995 he was asked by the County Manager to assume the duties of Director of the Office of Emergency Management for Miami-Dade County after the office did not meet community expectations in preparing for a hurricane threat.  Chuck took a dysfunctional, understaffed office and turned it into a nationally recognized model Emergency Management Agency. 


In 2003, after 25 years with Miami-Dade County, Chuck was asked by Sheriff Ken Jenne to become the first Director of the newly created Division of Homeland Security for the Broward Sheriff’s Office.  He served in that position until 2005 when Sheriff Jenne asked him to head the Broward Sheriff’s Office Department of Fire Rescue as the Fire Chief.




In 2006 Chuck left the Sheriff’s Office and started a Homeland Security and Emergency Management consulting company but returned to Public Safety in 2007, when he accepted the position of Director of the Fire Department and Emergency Services for the Seminole Tribe of Florida.  He served with the Seminole Tribe until May 3, 2008 when he accepted the position of Emergency Manager for Broward County, and served in that role until 2014.


Chuck is a Certified Emergency Manager by the International Association of Emergency Managers, Inc., and is a member of the Metro-Dade Fire Fighters Local 1403. Chuck also maintains a paramedic license and is a registered nurse, and is a member of the Board of Presidential Advisors for St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, Florida, where he worked as a visiting professor.


Chuck is passionate about his work as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem in the 17th Judicial Court in Broward County.  He speaks on behalf of abused, neglected and abandoned children in the Family Court system.