Anna MartinColleen Leger

The Town of Arlington has appointed Colleen Leger as its new director of Health and Human Services. In this position, Leger is set to oversee numerous human services divisions, including the Council on Aging; Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; Arlington Youth Counseling Center (AYCC); and Veterans Services.

According to a news release from town Public Information Officer Joan Roman, Leger began this role Oct. 10.

In the release, Town Manager Jim Feeney said he was pleased that Leger had accepted the position.

“She has extensive leadership experience in Arlington overseeing AYCC for the past decade. I am confident she will continue excellent service to the town,” Feeney wrote. 

Leger was the director of AYCC for 13 years before being promoted to lead the department. In her previous role, she developed policies for the delivery and evaluation of mental health services and oversaw community resource services.

“I am looking forward to the opportunity to expand my support of the health and human service needs of Arlington and to implement strategies to fulfill these needs in new ways,” Leger wrote in the town announcement.

According to town Director of Human Resources Caryn Malloy, Leger's compensation yearly now is $133,720.

Leger's post was previously held by Christine Bongiorno, who was appointed deputy town manager back in September. 

“Arlington is a great community, and I look forward to working alongside the talented and innovative staff in the Health and Human Services Department,” Leger wrote. 

The new department director holds a bachelor of arts in English and a master's degree in public health with a concentration in maternal and child health, both from Boston University, according to the announcement.

More information about Arlington's department of Health and Human Services can be viewed here >>

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This news announcement was published Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023, based on information from the Town of Arlington. Brynn O'Connor, YourArlington's assistant to the editor, made queries, prepared the copy and did the layout.