Vice Chair - KPPA
Chair - CERS Board of Trustees
Chair - Joint CERS-KRS Audit Committee
Member - DAC/AAC
Elected by County Employees Retirement System members – Term Expires March 31, 2025
Betty Pendergrass was first elected to serve as one of three elected representatives for the County Employees Retirement System (CERS) in March 2017. She was reelected in February 2021 and is the Chair of the CERS Board of Trustees under the new KPPA governance structure. As CERS Chair, she is a member of the KPPA, where she serves as Vice Chair.
Ms. Pendergrass is a local government consultant in Kentucky. During her forty year career in local government finance, she has served as Local Government Advisor Chief for the Kentucky Department for Local Government, and as Chief Financial Officer for several Kentucky local governments. Since her retirement, Ms. Pendergrass has continued to provide management consulting services to local governments and continuing professional education for governmental managers and CPAs conducting governmental audits.
Ms. Pendergrass was an ex-officio member of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Police & Fire Pension Board of Trustees for nearly ten years. She has also served on the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Governmental Accounting and Auditing Committee as well as several other committee and Task Force positions with the AICPA. She has authored PPC's Guides to Governmental Financial Statements Illustrations and Trends and Preparing Governmental Financial Statements publications, as well as courses and publications for the AICPA Continuing Education Division, the Association of Government Accountants, Bisk Education, and Sheshunoff Publishing. She has also been a discussion leader for national conferences and group training seminars.
Ms. Pendergrass received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting, with High Distinction, from Eastern Kentucky University.