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November 29, 2011      

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William R. Steinhaus, County Executive
(845) 486-2000

County Commissioner of Services for Aging, Veterans and Youth Retires


Poughkeepsie…  Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus announced the retirement of a senior administration official, Commissioner of Services for Aging, Veterans and Youth (SAVY) Elisabeth (Betsy) Brockway. Mrs. Brockway has served Dutchess County for nearly 20 years. 

“Betsy Brockway has been a true powerhouse in Dutchess County government.   Her drive, determination and passison for excellence in serving our county residents is unparalleled,” said County Executive Steinhaus.  “Betsy’s invaluable contributions to the youth, families, seniors and veterans in Dutchess County will influence lives for years to come and she will be greatly missed.”

Betsy Brockway began her career with Dutchess County Government in June 1992 when she was appointed by County Executive Steinhaus to serve as Executive Director of the Dutchess County Youth Bureau. She also served as STOP-DWI Coordinator concurrently for several years.

One of the hallmarks of Betsy Brockway’s career has been her continuous commitment to program monitoring and promoting outcomes.  Always a strong advocate for the value of collaboration and partnership, she has served as a facilitator and leader on many of the key initiatives launched by County Executive Steinhaus over the past two decades including:

  • Criminal Justice Council – a collaboration of law enforcement agencies, the Dutchess County Office of Probation and Community Corrections, the courts and contract agencies providing treatment and counseling services to both the incarcerated and victimized.

  • Children’s Services Council – a collaboration of agencies and individuals brought together to discuss the needs of Dutchess County’s children and youth.

  • Health and Human Services Cabinet -  a collaboration of county human services departments to improve interdepartment communication, share best practices and recommend strategic direction for human services as a whole system.

Her work on such collaborations led County Executive Steinhaus to promote her in 2005 to the position of Director of the Health and Human Services Cabinet (HHSC), where she had oversight for department heads of the seven health and human services departments, including the Office for the Aging, the Veteran Services Agency and the Youth Bureau. As HHSC Director, Ms. Brockway worked effectively to address issues affecting multiple departments and develop strategies to maximize the county’s resources. County Executive Steinhaus said, “Betsy Brockway has been instrumental in bringing our health and human services departments together,  significantly reducing county costs while continuing to provide evidence based services with quality outcomes for our residents.”

In January 2011, County Executive Steinhaus appointed Ms. Brockway as County Commissioner of Services for Aging, Veterans and Youth. The appointment was part of the bold reform and restructuring plan for Dutchess County government that was the centerpiece of County Executive Steinhaus’ 2011 Executive budget and was adopted by the Dutchess County Legislature. The plan consolidated nine county executive departments into four and kept the property tax levy frozen in 2011.

Throughout her career, Mrs. Brockway has served on a wide variety of professional committees, boards and task forces.   Most recently, she has served on the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) Committees for Public Health, Medicaid and Human Services. She has also served as a Board member for the Dutchess Community College Foundation, a member of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services Advisory Board, just to name a few.

Her work and commitment to the community have been recognized with numerous honors over the years including:

  • Dutchess Community College Distinguished Alumni in 2007.
  • Girl Scouts of Dutchess County "Seat of Honor" in 2006.
  • Poughkeepsie Area Chamber of Commerce "Athena" nominee in 2005
  • Dutchess Community College Alumni of the Year in 1993.

Mrs. Brockway is mother of two children and grandmother to five grandchildren. She and her husband John reside in Pawling, where both have been an active community volunteers including Mrs. Brockway’s current volunteer role on the Christ Church on Quaker’s Hill Nursery School Committee. Mrs. Brockway looks forward to extensive travel and time with family and friends in her retirement.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my career with Dutchess County government. The work has been stimulating and inspiring, knowing it has a direct impact on the lives of residents. I would like to especially thank County Executive Steinhaus for his faith in me and always challenging me with new opportunities to push to the next level of excellence,” said Mrs. Brockway.  “I have been truly blessed to work with so many talented and dedicated public servants throughout my years in Dutchess County government.  Together we have accomplished a great deal for the residents of Dutchess and I will treasure all of the memories!”

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