A veteran human resources executive was appointed as Greenwich's human resources director in a unanimous vote by the Board of Selectmen Thursday.
Mary L. Pepe was selected for the post vacated in December when Maureen Kast retired after 8 years. Pepe was selected from a field of 29 candidates who applied for the job which will pay $160,000 annually.
Pepe, who attended the meeting, thanked the selectmen, and said she was impressed by the way in which the search was conducted.
Before operating her consulting firm, Pepe worked for the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority for nearly 13 years, having started as human resources director. She was promoted to the position of vice president of operations. First Selectman Peter Tesei said, "She combined strong human resources and opertional leadership including in part the development of policies and procedures."
Her other experience includes serving as human resources director the Valley Cable vision/Tele-Media Company of Western Connecticut. And prior to that, she was a teacher, then director of staff development and public relations for the Derby Board of Education.
Tesei said that Pepe's experience as a teacher and education staff development would be helpful as the town looks to combine the human resource departments of the town and Board of Education.
She earned a bachelor's degree from the College of New Rochelle, a master's degree from Fairfield University, and post-graduate work at the University of Connecticut. Pepe also is past board chairman for the Long Whart Theatre in New Haven and the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.
She is expected to begin work in Greenwich in a month.