June Walker recently joined First County Bank as first vice president/director human resources, a new position within the bank. Walker most recently held the title of vice president human resources at Webster Financial Corp., a company she joined in October 2006.

"2010 was a good year for First County Bank and as the company continues to grow, senior management decided to expand the breadth and depth of our human resources department," Rey Giallongo, president and COO of First County Bank, said. "We're constantly looking for ways to improve operations and created this position to help us grow the business and to provide better service to our customers."

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In addition to Walker's experience at Webster, she was vice president human resources at NewMil Bank in New Milford, director of human resources at the Catholic Charities of Fairfield County, and director human resources at Executone Information Systems. She began her career as an assistant director of human resources at Louis Dreyfus Corp. in Wilton.

"Talent development is ingrained in our thinking here at First County Bank. It is integral to change in an organization and it allows us to achieve and maintain a competitive advantage," Katherine Harris, executive vice president of First County Bank, said. "I look forward to June's contributions to the company and to her helping build the talent pool of people here who have helped us succeed for 160 years."

While talent development is typically reserved for top management it is becoming increasingly clear that career development is necessary for the retention of any employee, no matter what their level in the company. Research has shown that a clear career path is necessary for job satisfaction and hence job retention.

"Although I have only been at First County Bank for a short time, I can already appreciate the culture the organization has built over the years," Walkersaid. "I look forward to working with Rey and Kathy, and other senior management to help support overall staffing initiatives as the company grows."

Walker earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Connecticut and has taken graduate courses in industrial relations at the University of New Haven. She lives in Seymour, Conn. with her husband and two sons.

First County Bank, headquartered in Stamford, Conn., is an independent mutual community bank with 15 branches in Stamford, Greenwich, Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk and Westport offering deposit products, mortgages, trust and investment services, business banking services and online banking. First County Bank, which celebrates its 160th anniversary this year, has more than 215 employees and assets in excess of $1.3 billion. For additional information, please visit www.firstcountybank.com.