Director of Facilities & Parks
A native San Antonian, Betty Bueché is the Director of Bexar County Facilities and Parks Department. This includes facility planning and construction; facilities maintenance of 4 million square feet; energy management/green initiatives/recycling in all facilities; and operation of 14 County park units. Ms. Bueché is additionally overseeing the restoration of the historic Bexar County Courthouse and has assisted the Hidalgo Foundation with fund raising. She represents Bexar County on the San Antonio River Improvement Project for the Mission Reach, which expands the vision of redevelopment beyond the banks of the redeveloped River to the neighboring community. She represents the County to the Main Plaza Conservancy Board of Directors.
Ms. Bueché established the facility standards for capital projects and facility maintenance for Bexar County, and developed the County's team to efficiently design, construct, maintain and operate facilities and parks. The projects she has managed have received 26 awards from professional organizations and peer groups for design, planning, energy and water conservation, and innovation. Major projects completed for the County have included Propositions 1 and 3, 2003 Bond Projects for Facilities and Parks, and numerous other large capital projects including new construction and renovations. She has established a new program, Bexar Heritage which includes the World Heritage Nomination of the Missions of San Antonio, new Bexar County History Center programs, and initiating the establishment of a National Heritage Area.
Ms. Bueché has held positions in both the public and private sectors, and with public-private sector partnerships among non-profit organizations. She was the first woman Park Superintendent with Texas Parks and Wildlife in 1975 at the Navarro House, and then served as Superintendent of San Jose Mission. She organized the establishment of a non-profit to support San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, and in 1985 became the Executive Director of Los Compadres. Joining the private sector in 1987, Ms. Bueché was an active volunteer serving on the City's Historic Review Board, the Fiesta Commission, and as a founding Board member of the Salado Creek Foundation. She represented Bexar County as an appointed Commissioner to the Private Industry Council, served as Chairperson of the Southside Chamber of Commerce, and in other volunteer capacities. She is an Advisory Board member of The Bueché Cemetery, a Texas Historic Cemetery located on the former historic Bueché Farm, which is now known as the City of Windcrest.
Ms. Bueché is a graduate of Incarnate Word – both the High School and the College. She also holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture. Before joining Bexar County in 2004, she practiced architecture in Denver with RNL Design, and in San Antonio with 3D/International. Ms. Bueché is the mother of two grown children, Nick and Suzanne, and four grandchildren, Jamie, Taylor, Cal and Carys.