Miami-Dade State Attorney
Since March 12, 1993, Katherine Fernandez Rundle 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 initiated major reforms in such areas as juvenile justice and revision 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 for former State Attorney Janet Reno, was instrumental in ensuring that Dade’s celebrated Drug Court became reality and developed the concepts now incorporated in state law as the Florida Punishment Code. She initiated a truancy intervention program to help elementary school children avoid juvenile delinquency, which is the only one of its kind in the State, and is presently overseeing its expansion throughout the Miami-Dade School system.
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.