WESTPORT, Conn. -- First Selectman Jim Marpe has announced that Westport’s human services director, Barbara Butler, plans to retire June 30.
“It is with regret that I accept Barbara’s retirement letter. Throughout the years, the town of Westport, its residents and particularly those in need have been the recipients of Barbara’s care and commitment to her chosen profession," Marpe said. "Barbara’s compassion, coupled with her calm demeanor, has been a source of comfort during difficult times. The myriad of programs offered to residents and nonresidents alike, benefitting the youngest to oldest citizens in our community and beyond, have been highly successful due to her expertise and involvement. She will be sorely missed, and I genuinely wish her only the best as she enters this new, exciting chapter in her life.”
Butler has been the director of the department since 1989. In this role, she has been responsible for community needs assessment, planning and resource development, coordination with community agencies providing human services and special projects.
“I am so proud of this department and the work that it does, and the support it has received over the years from the town, its boards and commissions, and Westport residents," Butler said. "None of that could happen without the department’s outstanding professional staff and the many volunteers who grace us with their talent and commitment. I leave with confidence that they will all continue to serve the community as capably and generously as they always have.”
Marpe said that Sarah Heath, assistant human services director, will be appointed director effective July 1.
Heath grew up in Westport and graduated from Staples High School. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from NYU, a master’s degree in recreation administration and management from Southern Connecticut State University and a master’s degree in community counseling from Fairfield University.
She has worked for the Department of Human Services for over eight years and resides in Fairfield with her two children.