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Operations Center Director

Joseph W. Drexler, Esq.
Joseph W. Drexler was appointed in March 2008 as Director of the Operations Center.  In this role he is responsible for the oversight of all services provided in the private sector.  Mr. Drexler joined the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) in 1988 as Assistant Regional Director for the Northwest Region. He has since served as an Assistant to the Commissioner, and as Assistant Regional Director in the Southeast Region, the South Central Region, the Eastern Region, and the current South Region.   He has extensive program management, contracting, and fiscal experience.
Mr. Drexler began his career as a direct support staff in 1978 and worked in a variety of direct support, supervisory and management roles in the not for profit community prior to joining the department.
Mr. Drexler has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stonehill College and a Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut School of Law. He is a member of the Connecticut Bar and has been active in his local community.