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.

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Karen Brooks - City Manager 954-973-6720
Bernadette Hughes - Assistant to the City Manager
Yvonne Lopez - Community Relations Director


Karen Brooks City Manager

The Coconut Creek City Commission named Karen M. Brooks as City Manager effective October 4, 2019, with a unanimous vote. She succeeds Mary C. Blasi who served in that capacity since September 12, 2013.

Brooks is responsible for overseeing the City’s $157 million budget, 434 full-time equivalent employees, and the City’s day-to-day operations.

Brooks joined Coconut Creek in May 1997 as the City’s Controller and was named Director of Finance and Administrative Services in 2002.  In 2016, her role was expanded to include Assistant City Manager and in 2017 she became Deputy City Manager/Chief Financial Officer.

Brooks is a Certified Public Finance Officer, Certified Public Funds Investment Manager and is becoming an International City Management Association (ICMA) Credentialed Manager.  She holds a BS degree in Accounting from Fort Lauderdale College, an MBA from Nova Southeastern University and is a graduate of the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service Senior Executive Institute.

Prior to joining the City, Brooks served the City of Tamarac for ten years in various finance positions.

Asst to City Mgr Bernadette Hughes

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.


Community Relations Director Yvonne Lopez

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.