Betsy Benac, At Large


Contact Commissioner Benac

Party Affiliation: Republican - Elected 2012

Phone: 941-745-3714
Fax:  941-745-3790
Mailing Address:  The Honorable Betsy Benac
P.O. Box 1000
Bradenton, FL 34206-1000


To schedule appointments, follow through on concerns, or obtain County information, you may contact Commissioner Benac's assistant Sheri Smith by phone at (941) 745-3708 or e-mail at



Betsy Benac was born and raised in Saginaw, Michigan.  She moved to Florida in 1982.  Betsy and her husband, Bob have been married for 32 years and have two adult children, both graduates of Manatee County Public Schools.



Arthur Hill High School, 1975

University of Michigan (BA) 1979

Assistant Planning Director, Manatee County Planning, 1983-1994

Vice President and owner, WilsonMiller Planning and Engineering, 1994-2010

Senior Project Planner, Benderson Development, LLC, 2010-2012

Member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP)

Member and past President of Florida Planning & Zoning Association, Gulfcoast Chapter

Member of American Planning Association


Public Service

Board of County Commissioners, Elected November 2012

  • Member, 2012-present
  • Chairman, 2015, 2017
  • Second Vice Chairman, 2013, 2014

Port Authority

  • Member, 2012-present
  • Second Vice Chairman, 2018
  • Chairman, 2016
  • Third Vice Chairman, 2015

Sarasota Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization

  • Member 2013-present

Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority (TBARTA)

  • Member 2013-present

Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority

  • Member 2017

Civic Center Authority

  • Member, 2012-2014
  • Second Vice Chairman, 2013, 2014

Community Redevelopment Agency

  • Chairman, 2013, 2014


Manasota Basin Board, Gubernatorial Appointee, 2000-2009

Sarasota Bay National Estuary Policy Board, 2006-2007

Manatee County Board of Zoning Appeals, 1998-1999



Kiwanis Club of Bradenton, member since 1994, served two terms on the Board of Directors

Graduate, Leadership Manatee, Class of 1994

Governing Board Leadership Manatee, 1997-2000

Leadership Manatee Alumni Association Board, 2000-2003

Manatee Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors, 2008-2011

Manatee County Economic Development Council, Executive Board, 2008

Head Start Policy Board, 1998-2000

Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Board of Directors, 2006-present

Manatee Tiger Bay Board of Directors, 2011-present

Mentor at Daughtery Elementary School as part of the Big Brother/Big Sister programs

Reading PAL and Daughtery Elementary

Junior Achievement Instructor



Outdoor activities, including kayaking, biking, walking and snow skiing.

Enjoy traveling, reading and following the University of Michigan football team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Tampa Bay Rays.



Crimestoppers Member of the Year, 2016

Florida Planning and Zoning Association Outstanding Elected Official Award, 2015

Leadership Manatee Kent Schultz Distinguished Leadership Award, 2010

Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, President's Merit Award, 2008