Human Resources Department

The primary responsibility of the Department of Human Resources is to insure that the Town is appropriately organized and staffed to fulfill its mission by recruiting, developing, motivating, retaining and organizing the most qualified persons. The Human Resources Department engages in a number of specialized activities to accomplish this. These responsiblities include recruiting and hiring, training, salary and benefits administration, performance management, employee relations and employee communications. The Human Resources Director also serves as the Town's labor relations representative with its three unions and in an advisory capacity to other organizations such as the Housing Authority, the Library and the Senior Center on matters pertaining to human resources management.

W. Lee Palmer, Director
Human Resources Department, Room 202 
Town Hall , 2 Renshaw Road
203 656-7390  

Open Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm, closed Holidays


Employment Application
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Director of Finance 130K to 145K DOE

This position reports to the Town Administrator and is accountable for administering the fiscal and administrative programs and operations of the Town which includes budget development and administration, preparing operating and capital improvement budget recommendations, accounting, grant accounting and grant monitoring (non-programmatic), purchasing/stores/inventory, payroll, data processing, and pension plan administration. This position also prepares regular statistical and narrative reports, including financial statements, for the First Selectman, Board of Selectmen, Board of Finance and Town Administrator. Education, Experience and KSAs of the Director of Finance Ten (10) years of experience in a combination of fiscal/administrative functions (e.g. accounting, accounts examining, budget management, grants administrative, personnel, payroll, purchasing) at least one (1) of which must be an accounting function. Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been supervising professional level staff.

1. College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equaling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
2. A Master's degree in public administration, business administration or accounting may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
3. Certified Public Finance Officer and CPA preferred.
Considerable knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques; considerable knowledge of principles and practices of public administration with special reference to governmental budget management and governmental accounting; knowledge of principles and procedures of personnel, payroll, purchasing, grant administration and contract administration; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable ability to understand and apply relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; considerable ability in preparation and analysis of financial and statistical reports; ability to utilize EDP systems for financial management; a thorough knowledge of municipal financial administration, including accounting, budgeting, purchasing and investing; a working knowledge of data processing capabilities and computer operations; ability to apply principles of municipal financial administration to define problems, to amass data, establish facts and to draw valid conclusions; ability to prepare financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles; ability to recognize weaknesses in Town financial systems and to effect improvements for increased efficiency and productivity; ability to interpret complex financial/statistical data; ability to access and process information contained in file records and computer databases; ability to prepare statistical as well as narrative reports; ability to apply State, and Federal laws, Town Ordinances, department policies, procedures, rules and regulations to determine necessary action; ability to digest, review and disseminate large quantities of information to the proper authorities; ability to manage and supervise; ability to give clear, concise written and oral instructions and work effectively with staff, superiors and the general public; ability to understand municipal operations and their budgetary impact; and ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

The Position
Some of the essential functions of the position of Director of Finance are as follows:
Directs staff and operations of fiscal management functions including budget preparation and management, accounting and financial reporting, analysis; coordinates, plans and manages activities; formulates program goals and objectives; develops or assists in development of related policy; reviews fiscal and administrative operations for effectiveness and compliance with statutory requirements and agency policies and procedures; acts as liaison both internally within the Town and externally; evaluates staff; directs budget management function; maintains contacts with individuals both within and outside of unit who might impact on program activities; advises First Selectman regarding fiscal and administrative matters; assists EDP experts in planning and implementation of financial aspects of EDP systems; utilizes EDP systems for financial records, reports and analyses; prepares programmatic fiscal/administrative analysis and impact statements on proposed code changes or revisions;
Plans work according to fiscal year and multi-year financial planning schedules. Establishes priorities in departmental work and, through unit administrators, supervises the functional areas of accounting, cash management, data processing, payroll, purchasing.
Coordinates the preparation and administration of the Town budget and indebtedness program; prepares statistical and technical information for budget, and submits to the First Selectman and Town Administrator as budget recommendations.
  Oversees budget administration to ensure related programs and policies are carried out; coordinates revenue and expenditures of Town funds; authorizes expenditure of town funds and account groups for departments, boards and commissions in accordance with approved appropriations; and administers capital project and special revenue program budgets and financing.
Provides budgetary control information to departments; assists department heads in the organization and administration of unit budgets; and recommends changes in financial operations to improve services and to attain operational efficiencies.
Coordinates short term and long range borrowing strategy; confers with Board of Finance, banking and investment personnel as needed; provides cash management of Town funds; prepares statements for debt service requirements, debt structuring, debt negotiations and the sale of bonds; and coordinates activities with Bond Counsel.
Oversees purchasing and pension programs; confers with contracted businesses, employees and pension participants as necessary.
Prepares comprehensive annual financial reports for Boards of Selectmen, Finance and the Town Administrator.




Title:   PARKING RANGER II                                                                     GRADE LT-3

Job Summary: Responsible for enforcing parking regulations and maintains public parking areas and railroad stations.

Supervision Received: Works under the direction of the Supervisor of Highways complying with established procedures.

Supervision Exercised: Serves as lead worker and directs the work of persons of equal or lower rank, Coordinates with Supervisor of Highways in the assignment of staff to train platforms/sidewalks for snow removal.

Equipment Operated: Power mower, chain saw, weed Wacker, snow blower, Gravely plow, line striper and similar tools; hand-held computer devices.

Vehicles Operated: Pickup truck, small dump truck, van, passenger car.

Examples of Essential Duties:

  • Cuts grass at stations.
  • Erects and repairs informational, regulatory and street signs.
  • Issues violation notices as needed
  • Maintains railroad station facilities including platform lights and lot lighting systems.
  • Occasionally directs traffic at parking facilities
  • Paints parking stalls.
  • Patrols permit and voucher parking areas daily to monitor and enforce parking regulations.
  • Picks up litter.
  • Plows snow with small truck.
  • Purchases supplies as needed.
  • Removes snow from railroad station platforms and sidewalks.
  • Trims shrubs.
  • Performs related work as assigned.

License Required: A current Connecticut Motor Vehicle Operator's license. Minimum Qualifications Required: Excellent communications and interpersonal skills. Must demonstrate good judgment. Must have ability to work independently and to make sound decisions. Ability to deal tactfully with general public and with coworkers. Prior supervisory experience preferred. Physical, Mental Exertion/Environmental Conditions: Ability to work 16-hour shifts with only normal breaks. Ability to lift 60 pounds from ground level to shoulder level, carry same 20 feet and place back on ground.

            Submit Your Employment Application and Resume to the Director of Public Works or the Human Resources Department no later than October 2, 2015.



Employee Information

The Town of Darien employs approximately 150 full-time paid employees, including six elected officials.  In addition to paid employees, the Town has numerous volunteer Firefighters and EMS personnel.  Many of the employee rights and benefits are contained in the Town's Employee Guide and collective bargaining agreement(s).


The Darien Town Hall Union represents most of the Town's clerical and technical employees.


 Town Hall Employees Union Contract


The Darien Public Works Union represents most of the employees in the Highway, Sewer, and Parking Divisions of the Public Works Department as well as the park maintainers in the Park and Recreation Department.    


 Public Works Union Contract

The Darien Police Association represents patrol officers, sergeants and lieutenants employed at the Police Department.



Darien Police Association Contract



The 2012 Employee Guide contains the rights and benefits for employees who do not belong to a union.     


2012 Employee Guide



This Guide is published to familiarize Department Heads with various personnel actions made in connection with an employee's initial employment, changes in employment status or absence from work.  It is not intended to be all inclusive and is subject to change.


Personnel Procedures and Transactions Guide 2015


Supervisor's Guide to Proactive Labor Relations 2015-16


Labor Relations Guide 2015-16 


Supervisor's Guide to Effective Performance Evaluations


Supervisor's Guide to Effective Performance  Evaluations


Human Resources Mission and Commitment Statements


HR Mission and Commitment Statements 
Where the Employee Guide and a collective bargaining agreement conflict, the collective bargaining agreement prevails.



Town Policies

All of the Town Policies are contained the 2012 Employee Guide. 



Click Here to see Information on Connecticut's New Sick Leave Law--It will only affect Town Employees who are Non-Union and Part-time, seasonal or temporary because all other Town employees currently receive a more generous sick leave benefit. 

Delta Dental Information for Employees

Dental Enrollment/Change Form 

Delta Claim Form 

Delta Coverage Summary Sheet

Student Confirmation Form

Delta Dental

CIRMA provider network for workers' compensation injuries  Click here 

CONNECTICARE Information for Employees


Link to Connecticare website:




Connecticare Out of Network Claim Reimbursement Form 




****Please Note: Anthem BCBS will no longer be the Town insurance carrier 7/1/12*****


Life Insurance Information for Employees




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Job Applications 656-7390
Benefit Questions 656-7390
Personnel Policies 656-7390

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