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Kent Austin joined the City of University Park, an enclave suburb of Dallas, Texas, in 1987.  Before being named Director of Finance in 1997, he served as the City’s Assistant City Manager.  As Director of Finance, he is responsible for coordination of the annual budget, administration of capital projects funding, supervision of the City’s Finance, Fleet, Municipal Court, Utility Billing, and Warehouse departments, and management of the City’s investment portfolio.

Mr Austin earned a bachelor’s degree in business finance from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, an MPA from the University of Kansas, and an MBA from the University of Dallas.  He earned the Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO) designation from GFOA in 2001.

Currently Mr. Austin serves as President of the Government Finance Officers Association of Texas.  From 2007-2012 he served on GFOA’s Treasury and Investment Management Committee.

Mr. Austin lives in Dallas with his wife Kelly and children Mark and Kara.