Executive director of the Utah Department of Human Services Palmer DePaulis announced his retirement Monday, ending a 30-year career in public service in Utah, which included positions as Salt Lake City mayor and a Utah State Tax Commissioner.
"Retiring is one of the most difficult decision I've had to make," DePaulis said in a news release. "I do so with a great sense of accomplishment and appreciation to the many amazing people I have encountered along the way."
DePaulis has served as the DHS executive director since 2010. His public service career started in 1983 where he served as the Salt Lake City public works director for 18 months before becoming the city's mayor in 1985. He served for seven years. He also worked as a staffer under former Attorney General Jan Graham, served as a Utah State Tax Commissioner and worked as the executive director of the Department of Community and Culture before he was appointed as director at DHS.