Social services director retiring

Catherine Pierce, the town’s social services director, is retiring after 10 years of service.

Her last day on the job will be Dec. 15, said First Selectman Lynne Vanderslice, who announced the retirement at a meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Nov. 7.

“Cathy has had a significant impact on both the community and the department,” Vanderslice said the following day in a statement. “During her 10-year tenure, the need for services has grown. Cathy has done a wonderful job managing and meeting those increasing needs. We greatly appreciate all Cathy has done and wish her the best in her semi-retirement.”

Pierce could not immediately be reached for comment.

The social services office is at the Comstock Community Center on School Road.

The department’s mission is to meet the social and psychological needs of Wilton residents of all ages, according to the department’s Web page. This is accomplished by providing information and referrals regarding local, state and federal social service programs, financial assistance, and short-term counseling, and by sponsoring the Wilton Senior Center and community programs for all ages.

Wilton Youth Services and the Wilton Senior Center are also part of the Wilton Department of Social Services. The department works closely with other town departments to provide assistance and support to Wilton residents. During an emergency, Wilton Social Services is part of the town’s emergency management team.