We want to extend our Congratulations to Darien’s FIRST female Police Captain, Alison Hudyma. Captain Hudyma’s many years of service to the Darien community have been a powerful example to young women and men in town. As Darien residents, we are proud of our Police Department and the many officers who work each day to make our community safer and stronger. To learn more about Cpt. Hudyma please click this article from the Stamford Advocate

 Assistant Registrar

Special Requirements pursuant to CGS Chapter 146 Section 9-192:
To be considered for this position you must be a
Town of Darien resident and a registered Democrat
for at least six (6) months preceding appointment to the position.


Town Hall, 2 Renshaw Road, Darien, CT

Part-time, 19.5 hours/week, Mon. – Thurs., approx. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
(There is some flexibility in the work schedule. Additional hours are required on and around Election Days.)



 $16.50 to $19.00 per hour
(Eligible for paid sick leave.)

Closing Date:

 November 1, 2021

Distinguishing Characteristics:

Accountable for registering Town of Darien eligible residents to vote in person, by mail, or through online methods; maintaining, certifying, and purging Town of Darien voter records through continuing contact through written correspondence, online and telephone communication, and personal contact with the voters of the Town of Darien.

Supervision Received:

Works under the general supervision of the Registrar of his/her party, but must be willing to assist other office staff, when needed, because of the collaborative nature of the voter registration process and election preparedness.

Supervision Exercised:  May supervise volunteer or paid election workers.

Examples of Essential Duties:

Duties entail review and comprehension of the changing CT election laws and best practices that affect elections and the voter registration process. Duties per CT General Statutes and Regulations, and CT Secretary of the State’s Office (SOTS) Best Practices:

  • Processes and adds new voters though voter registration applications received by the Registrar of Voters
    (ROV) Office either in person, by mail, through the DMV, or online;
  • Verifies license or other form of identification and makes sure all information is filled out and complete;
  • Generates confirmation of voter registration acceptance to new voters in person or by mail;
  • Assists all voters and Town residents who appear in person in the Registrars’ Office;
  • Assists in preparing invoices, memorandums, and reports;
  • Assists the Registrar(s) in preparing the voting locations and the voting equipment for all the district
    polling locations;
  • Changes voter status per voter request, DMV, duplicate voter, party affiliations, move within towns
    pursuant to General Statutes §9-192;
  • Collects, collates, and compiles relevant voter data from various internal and external resources and
    provides the data in a concise format to the requesting parties;
  • Files voter registration cards in alphabetical order and keeps all hard copy files and relevant documents
    safe and retrieves them as needed;
  • Keeps the Darien voter database current; which includes entering new voter information, voter changes,
    and voter removals into the CT voter registration database;
  • Prepares voter reports for the Democratic Town Committee (DTC) and Republican Town Committee
    (RTC) leaders and members;
  • Provides administrative support to the Registrar(s) as needed;
  • Provides assistance to all voters and polling staff over the phone and in person on Election Day;
  • Tabulates figures and generates reports for use by the Registrar(s);
  • Removes voters per voter cancellation, when voter moves outside of Darien, DMV, duplicate voter,
    death, or felony conviction;
  • Reviews the CT voter database reminder list for removals;
  • Notifies other states’ election officials when their voter registers to vote in Darien;
  • Supports and represents the respective Registrar when required;
  • Conducts statewide annual canvass of voters and moves voters to inactive status or removes voters,
    where applicable;
  • Assists in poll worker recruitment and training preparation;
  • Takes part in all state-mandated administrative and financial audits and studies, and assists the
    Registrar(s) in preparing associated reports; and
  • Performs related duties as required

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Resident of the Town of Darien and registered Democrat for at least six (6) months preceding
    appointment to the position;
  • High school diploma or GED, Associate’s degree preferred;
  • One year of paid, full-time or equivalent part-time office experience;
  • Considerable computer literacy including proficiency using Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook; and
    ability to learn and utilize the secure CT voter registration database, on-line training, and security access programs;
  • Knowledge of grammar, spelling, punctuation;
  • Knowledge of modern office practices, procedures, equipment, and standard clerical techniques;
  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Basic skills in performing arithmetic computations;
  • Interpersonal skills and previous experience interfacing with the public;
  • Ability to work in a team environment;
  • Ability to read, understand and apply a variety of laws, regulations and ordinances;
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions; and
  • Required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.

Application Procedure

Applications may be emailed to kdunn@darienct.gov (Reference “Assistant Registrar” in the subject line and submit attachments in Word or PDF format) or mailed to Ms. Karen Dunn, Human Resources Department, Town of Darien, 2 Renshaw Road, Darien, CT 06820.

Please submit the following three (3) documents:

  1. Cover Letter;
  2. Typed Town of Darien Employment Application; and
  3. Resume

The Town of Darien is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of intellectual disability, learning disability or physical disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or criminal record. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Town will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the Town when necessary


Posted 10-05-2021

The Darien Democratic Town Committee and all Darien Democrats stand united against hate speech in any form. We are saddened to learn of the misogynistic and homophobic graffiti discovered at Darien High School this week. In another incident, also this week, a Darien High School student posted anti-Semitic language on a closed Facebook page. While many will argue these are isolated incidents, in 2019 swastikas were scrawled on a desk and external windows at the Middlesex Middle School on two separate occasions.

These appalling incidents highlight that the increasing polarization and animosity towards underrepresented groups that has permeated much of this country has now found root in Darien. These behaviors and actions reflect poorly on our community and leave many Darien residents disheartened and concerned about our town’s future.

The discriminatory and abusive behavior and actions within the Darien High School community this week are appalling and must be condemned by all students and adults. But much like “thoughts and prayers,” condemnations will not solve the problem. Words are not enough.

In recent weeks we have seen parents, candidates, and elected officials question the need for a curriculum that espouses Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. They have attached themselves to the national outcry that learning about those who are different from us may hurt their children rather than open their minds. A common refrain heard at the recent Board of Education meeting was that the discussion and education of our students on these topics belongs at home. However, the recent incidents and those occurring in the not-too-distant past illustrate exactly why we need to teach Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in our schools as we prepare our children for their future.

Darien residents and public officials need to do better. This is why local elections matter.

Pursuant to recent legislation, the COVID-19 pandemic may be used to obtain an absentee ballot for the fall 2021 municipal election in Darien. 


Return your completed application today to: Town Clerk’s Office, 2 Renshaw Road, Darien, CT  06820

Our Candidates in the November 2021 Election

Tara Ochman for First Selectman:


Facebook:  @TaraOchmanForDarien

Mike Burke & Sara Neumann for Selectmen:


Facebook @MikeandSarahforBOS

Twitter- @MikeSarah4BOS

Instagram @mike.sarah4BOS 

Julie Best and Stacie Tie for Board of Education:


Facebook is @julieandstacey4dpskids

Twitter @4dpskids

Instagram @julieandstacey4boe

Happy back to school!  We hope everyone has a great first day and a fantastic school year! 

And now that you have a little free time, we want to have coffee with you.  We will be outside at Nero on Friday, Sept 3, starting at 8:45 am.  Come sit, talk and drink coffee with us. 

Julie & Stacey were honored to be guests on a National Podcast about Education.  You can find the link to that podcast here.

Finally, we have SWAG.  Lawn signs, car magnets, and more.  Please let us know if you would like to host a lawn sign and car magnet and we will make sure that it gets delivered to you!


Julie & Stacey



Facebook: @julieandstacey4dpskids 

Instagram: @julieandstacey4boe  

Twitter: @4DPSkids 


“The town with the largest percent increase in the number of active registered Democrats from 2016 to 2020 in the state was Darien. The town saw a 27 percent increase in the number of active registered Democrats from 2016 to 2020, paired with a 12 percent decrease in the number of Republicans.”
Bob Duff Photo

I was invited to speak to the Norwalk police union’s executive board on Friday afternoon July 24, two days after I hosted union leaders at my home to talk about the pending police accountability bill.

After arriving in headquarters, officers using expletives demanded to know what I was doing there. While discussing the pending legislation with the union leaders, others — rank-and-file members — entered the room in what was a show of force.

After the meeting ended, I was asked by an officer not on the executive board for a few minutes of my time. As we were talking, the single door opened and I saw one of the officers, and about twenty other officers behind him. He then looked at me in a menacing manner, and spit at me. Yes, spit at me. I was shocked and could not believe this was the Department I have supported my entire legislative career.

As I was driving away, police came out from the back of the station and looked as if they were going to surround my car. Whether that was their intention or not, I don’t know, but it appeared to be another bullying and intimidation tactic.

The two weeks after the bill passed, a motorist drove by my house twice a day, slowing down, stopping and shouting more expletives that were heard by my wife and kids.

I still believe that the majority of the Norwalk police do their job and do it well, but what keeps me up at night is the fact that if they treat somebody like me who’s white, has privilege, is elected and is the Senate majority leader, how are they treating others who don’t have that same platform and don’t have the ability to speak up like I do?


Senator Bob Duff
Senate Majority Leader



To all registered Democrats of Darien, Connecticut:

According to the rules of the Democratic Party and state election laws, a caucus of registered Democrats will be held on January 14, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. at the Darien Town Hall Auditorium, 2 Renshaw Road, Darien, CT 06820 to endorse candidates for the 2020 Darien Democratic Town Committee and to transact such other business that may properly come before the caucus.

Dated:  December 26, 2019

            Darien, CT

                                                                        Darien Democratic Town Committee

                                                                        David F. Bayne, Chairman

Town Mourns Loss of Marc Thorne (Darien Times)


The Town of Darien flag will be flown at half-staff in memory of Darien resident and former selectman Marc Thorne, who died Monday after suffering a severe stroke early Sunday morning.

In an email sent Monday afternoon to town officials, First Selectman Jayme Stevenson wrote Thorne “will be remembered for his kind and thoughtful nature, being the consummate gentleman, and his deep commitment to the Town of Darien.”

“Marc and Barbara have been such an inspiration to us all,” Stevenson added.

Thorne, a Democrat, devoted his life to public and community service. He served as a town selectman from 2015 through the most recent election.

In addition, he served on the RTM Finance & Budget Committee, the Consolidated Services Working Group, and the Pear Tree Point Beach Building Committee.

He was also active with the Darien Men’s Association since 2004, most recently serving on its Community Service Committee.

He was a member of the First Congregational Church of Darien.

Former First Selectman Evonne Klein said Thorne was a “kind, thoughtful gentleman who was the voice of encouragement.”

“He was the person who strove to understand others and ultimately, he did. Because of this ability to do so, he was able to make a positive difference in the lives of his family, friends and as a distinguished public servant,” Klein said. “My family and I have some terrific memories, we will miss Marc.”

Democratic Town Committee Chairman David Bayne said Thorne’s decades of service to Darien are “an inspiration to us all.”

“His leadership and service in town government, the Democratic party, his church and in the Senior Men’s Association are unparalleled,” Bayne said.

Bayne continued, “Marc gave so much of himself — not out of personal ambition, but because he genuinely enjoyed helping people and he wanted to make Darien a better place.”

“By all accounts, he was wildly successful in those goals, and our entire community is far richer for his efforts,” Bayne said.

Bayne added Thorne was a friend “who could be counted on to lend a hand or have a kind and thoughtful word of encouragement when you needed it most. My wife Carolyn and I will miss him very much.”

Addressing Barbara Thorne, Bayne said, on behalf of the entire DTC, “we join you in your grief and are profoundly grateful that you shared Marc with us for so many decades. Thank you, Barbara. We are here for you.”

For many years, Thorne was seen by many in front of Palmer’s Market on Heights Road, where he ran the Salvation Army bell. He would organize a group of volunteers to help with this effort.

Norwalk resident George Gilliam, a member of the Darien Men’s Association, said Thorne “was very much dedicated to making Darien a good a town as it could possibly be.”

Thorne is a former president of the DMA. Most recently, he headed the DMA Cares Committee, which sends condolence cards to members who are not well.

In each card, there’s a saying that Gilliam said is very fitting for Thorne.

“The example you set, the leadership you’ve shown, and the inspiration that you are — that would describe Marc,” he said.

Thorne’s funeral is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 21 at 3 p.m. at The First Congregational Church of Darien, 14 Brookside Road.