STAMFORD, Conn. -- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Monday that Dennis Murphy -- who was Director of Human Resources for the City of Stamford and currently serves as Deputy Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Labor -- will serve as Acting Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles until the governor makes a selection for a permanent commissioner of the agency.
Murphy will take over the position after former Commissioner Andres Ayala Jr. announced his resignation last week following a year of troubles in the department.
“Dennis is exceptionally smart, driven and capable. He has the management abilities to lead the agency until we find the right person to fill this important role on a permanent basis," Malloy said. "He has been an outstanding public servant, and I thank him for taking on this job."
“I’m proud of my five years of service at the Department of Labor," Murphy said. "We have led the nation in programs such as Step-Up, which gets people back to work, programs to ensure the integrity of the unemployment system to reduce fraud, and expanding our capacity and effectiveness to ensure that people who work get paid what they deserve. I want to thank the highly talented and dedicated staff at all levels for their hard work and steadfast focus on the customer. In my short assignment at the DMV, I hope to provide the Governor and the next DMV Commissioner opportunities and pathways forward in that agency for continuous improvement.”
Prior to joining CTDOL in Jan. 2011, Murphy served as a Neutral Labor Arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association. He has also served as Director of Labor Relations and Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Bridgeport.
With more than 30 years of experience in the labor employment field, he has represented both unions and management, including the National Association of Government Employees and the International Brotherhood of Police Officers.
Murphy is a graduate of Fairfield University and Boston University School of Law. He will begin the position at the DMV on Friday, Feb. 12.
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