Malloy fires “long-time social studies teacher” and DMV Commissioner Andres Ayala Jr., who, in just one year, accomplished the impossible and made the state DMV even worse than before (see, what I mean, Scott?).
Connecticut’s beleaguered motor vehicles commissioner has resigned, taking the fall for an agency fraught with customer service complaints over long lines, suspended registrations and software glitches.
Andres Ayala Jr., a former state senator from Bridgeport and the first Latino commissioner under Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, survived just over a year on the job.
He oversaw the highly controversial rollout of a driver’s license program for undocumented immigrants and the much-maligned computer upgrades at the state DMV, a $63 million operation with 650 employees.
So what qualifications did this school teacher have to be appointed to the DMV Commissioner’s post, and tasked to reform what is universally acknowledged to be one of the very worst DMVs in the nation? Well, he’s Hispanic, for one, and Malloy didn’t have one of those in his administration, and there’s this:
The Ayala name is synonymous with Bridgeport politics. Ayala is a former City Council president. His aunt is the Democratic registrar of voters in the state’s largest city. His uncle is a power broker in the party.
“He wasn’t picked for any reason other than he was the most qualified person for the job”, Malloy told FWIW. “And I think my selection of such a talent shows exactly the importance I place on improving the agency. ‘The DMV and the people who work there are the face of state government. It’s what they remember. It’s the interaction that they measure us by.’ “