Betty Dunkerley has a long public service career, with emphasis on health care, public-private partnerships, utilities, public safety, housing, taxes, transportation, water, environment, and clean energy programs.
Betty served as assistant city manager as well as administrative and finance director for the city of Austin for 12 years, overseeing a $2.5 million budget and operations management for multiple city facilities and functions, including management of federal grant programs. Well-known as a skilled negotiator and respected manager with a deep knowledge of governance, procurement, planning, and budgeting, Betty has been tapped to lead multiple mission-critical operations such as due-diligence for the buyout of two public utilities and complex agreements for public-private partnerships. She is also a former assistant city manager for the City of Beaumont and was the chief financial auditor for the City of Dallas, performing finance and compliance audits of federal grants and various city departments. While with the City of Austin, she worked with the city-owned hospital and clinics, helped negotiate a public-private partnership for management of the hospital, and crafted a policy for women’s services.
Betty moved from the staff side of city government to the administrative side when she was elected a member of the Austin City Council, serving as Mayor Pro Tem during her second term. In her private career, she has used her skills as a Certified Public Accountant in federal government assignments, including managing audits for the Department of Labor for various CETA, EPA, Job Corps Centers and Migrant Farm Program.
Betty is a graduate of Southern Methodist University and continuing graduate studies in accounting at Lamar University.