- Associated Press - Monday, December 22, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Monday tapped Bridgeport state Sen. Andres Ayala as the new commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Motor Vehicles.

A social studies instructor in the Bridgeport school system, Ayala would succeed the current commissioner, Melody Currey. A former Democratic legislator as well, Currey will become the new Department of Administrative Services commissioner in January.

“Andres has dedicated himself to improving the lives of not only the residents of the district that he serves, but also the lives of the children he teaches in Bridgeport’s school district,” said Malloy, adding how Ayala is committed to “finding new and efficient ways to improve government services.”

In recent years, the agency has pushed to offer more services online. For example, people can now make online appointments for learner’s permits. Also, real-time waits at service offices are now listed online.

“While I know the residents of his district won’t like to see him go, I am confident that his services as DMV Commissioner will benefit residents of the entire state,” said Malloy. Ayala’s appointment will require legislative confirmation.

Elected last month to his second term, the Democratic governor has been announcing staff changes for his second administration in recent weeks.

Ayala is now finishing his first term in the Senate, representing Bridgeport and Stratford. He is the first Latino to serve in the state Senate and currently serves as co-chairman of the Aging and Regulations Review Committees. He won a second term in November and a special election will be needed to fill the 23rd Senatorial District.

Ayala previously served three terms as a state representative and five terms as a Bridgeport Common Council member. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in education.

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