Administrative Services Commissioner Donald DeFronzo will retire in January, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced in a Friday press release. Current Motor Vehicles Commissioner Melody Currey will take over DeFronzo’s department.
“Don and his management team have carried out our mission to streamline state services with professionalism and dedication. Under his leadership, DAS has identified millions in savings and made state government run more efficiently so that it can better serve the public,” Malloy said. According to the press release, the administration will announce a new DMV chief in the coming weeks.
Prior to being named to the administration, Defronzo was a state senator from New Britain and Currey was a state representative and mayor from East Hartford.
DeFronzo’s departure is the latest in a string of agency head announcements preceding the beginning of Malloy’s second term next month. So far, Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor and Insurance Commissioner Thomas Leonardi have announced their departure.
Meanwhile, Malloy signaled Thursday that many of his top administrators will remain for the start of his second term. They include his Chief of Staff Mark Ojakian, Office of Policy and Management Secretary Ben Barnes, Revenue Services Commissioner Kevin Sullivan, and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Catherine Smith.
On Friday, the administration announced that Department of Social Services Commissioner Roderick Bremby and Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker would also remain in their posts.