- Bachelors University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
- Masters Lesley University, Cambridge, MA
Fernando Pérez was born in Bogotá, Colombia. He earned his A.A. and A.A.S. from Milwaukee Area Technical College, a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Master in Education degree from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of the Milwaukee Police Academy, the FBI National Academy and the DEA National Academy.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1964 to 1968. He was a Sergeant Instructor in the Infantry Training Regiment. He received the Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Medal, Presidential Service Citation, Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Good Conduct Medal (2nd award). He taught in the Milwaukee Public Schools Bilingual Exceptional Education program. He served as a law enforcement officer for 21 years and as Ozaukee County's elected sheriff for 12 years. He received three commendations for heorism in the line of duty in Ozaukee County, and a Citizen's Commendation for Service from the Milwaukee Police Department. He chaired the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Standards Board, served on the Governor’s Commission on Law Enforcement and Crime, trained and consulted for the U.S. Department of Justice in the International Criminal Investigative Training Unit in Central America, and was the Director of Safety Security and Risk Management for seven years for Rouse-Milwaukee.
At SJNMA, he serves as the Academy Associate Dean for Enrollment, department chair for the Fine Arts and Language Departments, and teaches Spanish. He is also the Enrollment Representative of the Academy in Mexico and Latin America. He directed the English as a Second Language program and the Driver Education program.