Mr. Hern has held the position of Senior Director of Seaport Operations & Security for the Port of Palm Beach since 2005. He created a first of its kind “One Port - One Plan” security approach which was quickly approved by the United States Coast Guard, thereby ensuring that the Port and its tenants were one of the first ports in Florida to achieve compliance with the Maritime Transportation Security Act, including the unique requirements of Florida law.
In 2006, Mr. Hern was appointed by Florida’s Governor Bush to serve as a member of the State’s Seaport Security Standards Advisory Council. He is the Port’s liaison to the Area Maritime Security Committee with the United States Coast Guard Sector Miami, a board member of the Southeast Regional Domestic Security Task Force Advisory Board, Region 7, and is an active member of the Maritime Work Group with local law enforcement.
Mr. Hern is in constant communication and coordination with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the United States Coast Guard, Customs & Border Protection, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, State and US Attorney’s offices, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Riviera Beach Police Department and all county Emergency Response Agencies to keep the Port of Palm Beach at the forefront of national seaport security.
Under his direction, more than $9 million dollars in Federal and State security grants have been awarded to the seaport and our law enforcement partners to prevent, deter, respond and recover from acts of aggression or terrorism.
Among the many security grants he has secured was one to fund waterborne response platform equipment for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Offices and the Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, to provide waterside patrol and surveillance, underwater IED detection, underwater search and rescue/recovery, and maritime fire equipment for incidents that occur in and along the waterfront.
Mr. Hern comes from an extensive background in security defense and technology. With service to the US Army as an Airborne qualified, Military Police Officer. His training includes anti-terrorism tactics and characteristics, and chemical, nuclear, biological and explosives warfare. Mr. Hern developed his skills in security communications as a security contractor for eight years with IBM Corporation, managing 140 personnel and their computer access control systems throughout the southeast region.