For Immediate Release
March 10, 2021
First female at the helm in Barnstable County
(Barnstable, MA) — The Barnstable County Board of Regional Commissioners voted today to appoint Elizabeth Albert to the Barnstable County Administrator position following the departure of Jack Yunits, Jr.
Ms. Albert, who served as Director of the Department of Human Services since 2008, will be the first woman in the history of Barnstable County to serve in this key leadership role. Among her duties as Barnstable County Administrator will be contract negotiations and oversight over all county departments.
“Beth’s work ethic and integrity, along with her leadership ability and governmental experience, make her an ideal fit for the position of County Administrator,” Chairman Ronald Bergstrom said. “I am certain that she’ll do an excellent job for the administration and the residents of Barnstable County.”
As Director of the Department of Human Services, Ms. Albert has been responsible for administering millions of dollars annually in federal and state grant resources to undertake regional planning, coordination, and implementation of health and human service programs and initiatives. She has also served as Chair and Co-Chair to numerous advisory councils and committees having a diverse array of health and social services policy and advocacy issues.
Before her role at the County, she was the Executive Director at the Fair Housing Rights Center of Southeastern Pennsylvania, an organization designated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (H.U.D.) and high-performing federally qualified fair housing rights center serving Southeastern Pennsylvania. During her tenure, the organization secured hundreds of reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities and successfully advocated and obtained relief for victims of housing discrimination.
Ms. Albert earned her bachelor’s degree in Social Work (B.S.W.) from James Madison University in Virginia and master’s degree in Policy and Social Administration (M.S.W.) from Temple University in Pennsylvania. She resides with her husband in the town of Dennis.
“I am happy to accept the position of Barnstable County Administrator, “said Albert. “I have devoted my career to tackling complex health and human service issues through collaboration and mobilizing multi-sector responses. I will take this same approach in working on the important regional issues facing Barnstable County. I look forward to working with the County Commissioner’s, the Assembly of Delegates, and all county employees. Thank you to Jack Yunits for his dedication over the past five years and for the support he has offered to ensure a smooth transition. I am committed to doing my best to serve the residents of Barnstable County.”
Residents can watch the Barnstable County Regional Board of Commissioners meeting at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVYgttdE7dE. For additional information on Barnstable County, visit the County webpage at https://www.barnstablecounty.org/or follow Barnstable County on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/barnstablecounty/or Twitter at https://twitter.com/CapeCodGov
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