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.

Sheila Rose, AICP, City Manager, City of Coconut Creek, is a highly dedicated and accomplished executive, boasting over 25 years of comprehensive expertise across a diverse range of fields including economic development, urban design, transportation, environmental stewardship, community engagement, capital improvement planning, funding, and implementation, project management, and relationship-building.  Her strengths lie in effectively coordinating and implementing a unified vision, fostering team cohesion, and excelling in program and project management and oversight.  Ms. Rose has a rich history of working collaboratively on high-profile, complex projects, such as the proposed expansions of the Turnpike and Landfill, adeptly influencing groups to achieve consensus and attain mutually beneficial outcomes.

Ms. Rose is an ICMA Credential Manager and has a professional degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Cincinnati.  She is a member of the International City Managers Association, the Broward County City Managers Association, the American Institute of Certified Planners, the American Planning Association, the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), and is a past member of the Pompano Beach Architectural Review Board.  She is also the founding president of SOS Children's Village, and the national umbrella organization of SOS, USA.

Bernadette Hughes 2022

Bernadette Hughes

Government Affairs Manager

Bernadette Hughes joined the City of Coconut Creek as Assistant to the City Manager in 2014 and was promoted to Government Affairs Manager in 2024.  With more than 20 years of municipal experience in Florida and North Carolina, she leads the City’s legislative and strategic advocacy efforts. 

Prior to working in Coconut Creek, Bernadette worked in the City of Tamarac, Florida, where she facilitated legislative advocacy, grant writing, and project management and improvement initiatives.  She led the City’s High Performance efforts in strategic planning, performance management, satisfaction surveys, and employee engagement.  Under her direction, the City of Tamarac became only the third city in the United States to receive the International Palladium Award for Performance Excellence from Drs. Kaplan and Norton, the creators of the Balanced Scorecard.

Bernadette has served as a Senior Examiner for the Florida Governor’s Sterling Council, a Board Member on the Florida Benchmarking Consortium, and Secretary/Treasurer of the Broward County City Manager’s Association.    She holds a Masters of Public Administration Degree and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from North Carolina State University, is a graduate of the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service LEAD Program, and is a Six Sigma Green Belt.

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, social media outreach, and Year in Review publication. 

Prior to joining the City, Yvonne served as Vice President of Public Relations and Communications for The Greater Fort Lauderdale 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 a 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; and ASPIRA Broward. She also served as an Advisory Board member to Meals on Wheels South Florida and is a mentor to disenfranchised youth.

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

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

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