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Katherine Fernandez Rundle received a B.A. from the University of Miami in 1973; received a graduate degree in Criminology in 1974 and a Law Degree in 1976 from the University of Cambridge, England; and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1977.

Since March 12, 1993, she has served Miami-Dade County as State Attorney. Prior to that, she dedicated 15 years as an Assistant State Attorney and served as Chief Assistant to Janet Reno, who recommended Ms. Rundle as her successor. For eight years she also served as legal counsel to the Dade County Grand Jury. As such, she presented hundreds of murder and capital cases and oversaw the issuance of reports that resulted in major reforms such as juvenile justice and revisions of our building code following Hurricane Andrew.

Her strong leadership and devotion to preventing crime and the increased focus and successful prosecution of career criminals are hallmarks of her administration. Among her many accomplishments, she created the state’s first Domestic Crimes Unit, helped form the Dade Partners for Safe Neighborhoods, and was instrumental in ensuring that Dade’s celebrated Drug Court became reality. She recently initiated a truancy intervention program to help elementary school children avoid juvenile delinquency, which is the only one of its kind in the State.

Ms. Rundle’s many appointments and contributions include being the first woman president of the Cuban American Bar Association, chair of the Lawyers for Homeless Families Fund Raiser, a member of the Domestic Violence Oversight Board and the Children’s Services Council and other civic and professional organizations. In recognition of her outstanding efforts serving the community, she has been honored as the “Most Dynamic Woman of 1993” by the American Cancer Society, “Woman of Distinction” by South Florida Magazine, received the Governor’s Peace at Home award for Domestic Violence, as well as numerous other awards from the Homeless Coalition, the Mental Health Association, the Coalition of Hispanic American Women and the Dade County Bar, among others.

Through her tireless efforts, enthusiasm and community spirit, Ms. Rundle continues to provide encouragement and inspiration as she recruits the public to actively participate in the governing of our future and making our neighborhoods safe.



Don L. Horn, Chief Assistant, Administration

      Born in Miami, Florida
      Admitted to Florida Bar 1982
      Preparatory Education “ University of Texas, El Paso (B.S. 1978)
      Legal Education “ University of Miami (J.D. 1982)

Chet J. Zerlin, Chief Assistant, Operations

      Born in Miami Beach, Florida
      Admitted to Florida Bar 1977
      Preparatory Education “ University of Miami (B.M.1973)
      Legal Education “ Nova Law School (J.D. 1977)

Kathleen Hoague, Chief Assistant, Felony Divisions

      Born in Salina, Kansas
      Admitted to Florida Bar 1979
      Preparatory Education “ University of Miami (B.A. 1976)
      Legal Education “ University of Miami School of Law (J.D. 1979)

Jose Arrojo, Chief Assistant, Special Prosecutions

      Born in Miami, Florida
      Admitted to Florida Bar 1988
      Preparatory Education “ University of Miami (B.S. Ed. 1985)
      Legal Education “ Florida State University (J.D. 1987)



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