Town Administrator


Andrew “Andy” Berns
Town Administrator

Phone: (954) 434-0008
Fax: (954) 434-1490

Administrative Staff

Danielle Caban, Administrative Coordinator to the Town Administrator

Sandra “Sandy” Luongo, General Services Manager

Susan Kutz, Administrative Assistant

Address: 13400 Griffin Road Southwest Ranches, FL 33330


Andy Berns has served as Town Administrator since June 2012. Prior to that he served as the Community & Economic Affairs Officer for the City of Tamarac, responsible for community outreach and economic development. Before joining the City in 2005, Andy had a lengthy career in the private sector, with experience in the Fortune 500 world, followed by entrepreneurial success in both franchise and start up businesses. This experience has served him well in meeting the needs of Tamarac’s business community.

Long committed to community service, highlights include serving as the centennial president of the Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale North, as well as the founding president of the Kiwanis Club of Tamarac.

Andy received his Bachelor’s degree in Management Science from Kean University. He returned to school at FAU in 2007, earning his Masters in Public Administration in 2009, thus proving an old dog can learn new tricks.

Andy and his wife, Melissa Rapkin, are adjusting to life as empty-nesters, as son Dylan continues his education at Boston University.

Town Administrator Responsibilities:


  • Attend all regular and special Town meetings
  • Attend all meetings requested by Council
  • Attend other meetings for the betterment of the Town
  • Provide analysis of recommended policies and actions
  • Provide administrative policies and procedures
  • Manage Town services efficiently and effectively
  • Manage and administer all contracts approved by the Town
  • Manage and acquire grants
  • Manage all Town policies, ordinances and resolutions

Work in conjunction with Town Attorney concerning the following:

  • Keep the Town Attorney informed as to all matters that warrant legal input or exposes the Town to potential liability
  • Obtain Town Attorney’s signature on all contracts
  • Copy Town Attorney on all correspondences with any governmental entity or on correspondences pertaining to legal issues
  • Provide Town Attorney with drafts of all procurements for approval prior to publication

Work in Conjunction with the Town’s Financial Administrator to prepare the following:

  • Prepare annual and manage budget and 5-year capital program
  • Prepare all necessary annual financial statements
  • Prepare annual State CAFR reports
  • Provide all financial and accounting activities
  • Provide monthly financial report
  • Provide financial advisory services
  • Provide for collection of revenue due
  • Manage and implement bond issues
  • Manage investments of resources
  • Manage risk management program


  • Provide all purchasing and acquisition activities
  • Provide negotiated agreements for services
  • Provide procurement policies and procedures
  • Prepare various types of purchasing methods, such as, RFP’s, RLI’s, RFQ’s and bids
  • Manage and assist in evaluation and selection of vendors


  • Maintain high level of communication and input to Council
  • Maintain open and accessible relationship with residents
  • Maintain, update and upgrade website, newsletter and other communications
  • Manage progressive computer system
  • Create excellent local and state relationships

Please be advised that under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone at (954) 434-0008, or in writing at 13400 Griffin Road, Southwest Ranches, FL 33330.

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