Feb 162011
Authors: Erin Udell

Betsy Markey, the former congressional representative of Colorado’s fourth district, recently announced that she has accepted a position as the assistant secretary for intergovernmental affairs in the Department of Homeland Security.

Markey, of Fort Collins, served one term as a Democrat in the House of Representatives before she lost to Rep. Cory Gardner in November.

“Betsy Markey brings more than 30 years of experience in public service and the private sector to her new role at the Department of Homeland Security and will be a valuable asset in leading our efforts to engage closely with state, local and tribal governments across the United States to carry out all aspects of our complex mission,” said Adam Fletcher, assistant press secretary and spokesman for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Markey has held positions in the Treasury Department and the U.S. Department of State before becoming a small business owner in the mid-1990s. She was the owner of Huckleberry’s, a coffee and ice cream shop in Old Town, before selling the business in 2000.

Five years later, Markey went on to serve as the regional director of Colorado’s north central and eastern plains for Sen. Ken Salazar. She resigned in May 2007, one month before running for Congress.

Now –– as part of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs –– Markey will, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security website, help “promote an integrated national approach to homeland security by coordinating and advancing federal interaction with state, local, tribal and territorial (SLTT) governments.”

Senior Reporter Erin Udell can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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