Linda Desmond to retire as director of Northampton senior services


Thursday, January 11, 2018

NORTHAMPTON — Linda Desmond, the city’s director of senior services, announced Thursday in a press release that she will be retiring at the end of March.

While she has only served in her current position for a little less than two years, Desmond’s more than 40 years of professional life have been dominated by elder care and social services.

“I often remark how I began my career next door from the Northampton Senior Center working for Highland Valley Elder Services, which had office space at the Walter Salvo House, and I am honored to conclude my professional career working for Northampton Senior Services,” Desmond said in her release release. “I look forward to becoming a ‘participant’ in the variety of programs offered at the center.”

Desmond was hired in July 2016. Prior to returning to Northampton and taking her current job, she lived and worked in Dublin for a decade. She is also a former Ward 5 City Councilor and Council on Aging member.

“Linda Desmond brought an incredible wealth of knowledge and experience to this position,” said Mayor David Narkewicz, also in the release. “Her compassion, positive energy, and leadership skills have moved the department forward and I wish her the best in her retirement.”

Narkewicz also praised the programming, cultural and structural changes Desmond has brought to the senior services department, including launching a senior van transportation program.

Desmond could not be reached for direct comment.

The director of senior services position is set to be posted soon. It will be appointed via the mayor, following screening by an advisory committee, which the mayor will be appointing for this purpose.

Bera Dunau can be reached at bdunau@gazettenet.com