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Monday, March 27, 2017

Human Services Gets New Director

After eight months on the job, Sarah Heath has resigned as Westport’s director of human services and First Selectman Jim Marpe has named Assistant Director Elaine Daignault to the position, he announced today.

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Elaine Daignault: 18-year department veteran. Contributed photo

Heath, who took over from Barbara Butler July 1, 2016 and who has been a department employee for nine years, has accepted a position in another town — later announced as Wilton — effective April 4 and that will be the date of Daignault’s appointment, Marpe said.

“I want to thank Sarah for her many contributions to the town and the Human Services Department,” he said.

Heath said in her time with the town, “I have been fortunate enough to work with amazing, dedicated, and caring professionals and volunteers … I am happy that Elaine will continue as director of the department. Westport is in very capable hands.”

Daignault has been a member of Westport’s Human Services staff since 1999. She attended Westport schools, graduated from Staples High School, received a B.S. at Colorado State University, and a Master’s of Arts degree in mental health counseling at Fairfield University.

She has a certification in nonprofit leadership from the University of Wisconsin and several certifications in evidence-based prevention programs.

In her time with the town, she has served as the director of Toquet Hall, coordinator of Youth Services and the Westport Mentor Program. She was the community outreach counselor for the Human Services Department, and served as interim student outreach counselor at Staples.

Said Daignault, “I am honored to take on this new role as the director of Human Services.  I am energized by our amazing and talented staff whose teamwork ensures that we will continue to provide the best possible care and service to our community.”

This story has been updated to insert that Heath has taken a position in Wilton.

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