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Darien Hires New Human Resources Director

W. Lee Palmer, Jr. is the new human resources director for the Town of Darien.
W. Lee Palmer, Jr. is the new human resources director for the Town of Darien. Photo Credit: File

DARIEN, Conn. – W. Lee Palmer, Jr. took his position as Town of Darien human resources director Monday.

With nearly 40 years’ experience in both the public and private sectors, Palmer is an accomplished human resources and administrative leader in his field.

Along with his significant experience in human resources, he also brings expertise in business administration, labor and employee relations, contract negotiations and administration, performance management, training and development, talent acquisition, employee benefits, policy development, strategic and workforce planning, organizational development, information technology and financial management to the Town of Darien.

Palmer worked for the State of Connecticut in a variety of capacities over 28 years including labor relations advisor, deputy commissioner/director of programs and treatment at the department of corrections, director of human resources for the department of labor and director of administration for the departments of labor and corrections.

After leaving the employ of the State of Connecticut, he served as director of human resources for intermediate school district #287 in Plymouth, Minnesota; executive director of human resources and information technology for Round Lake Area Schools in Round Lake, Illinois; and president of management development consultants in Darien, Illinois.

Palmer comes to Darien directly from the Norwalk Public School District where he has served as chief of human resources since June 2014. He received his bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University, a master’s in public affairs with distinction from the University of Connecticut, State of Illinois Chief School Business Official professional educator’s license and certificate of achievement from Northern Illinois University School of Business. 

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