Andrew Doba, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s communications director, will depart next month and be succeeded by Mark Bergman, who served as Malloy’s spokesman during the governor’s re-election campaign.
Malloy announced the change in a Tuesday press release in which he praised Doba’s contributions to the administration.
“From historic storms to unimaginable tragedy to the day-to-day operations of state government, we have faced many challenges over the last four years. With Andrew’s help, we have effectively communicated our vision for the state in the face of this adversity, and done so while making tremendous progress for residents. I want to thank him for his service, and wish him well in whatever is next,” Malloy said.
Doba, who will remain with the administration as an adviser through the transition to Malloy’s second term, called the top communication position difficult under normal circumstances.
“But the challenges we have faced as an administration have been above and beyond anything that anyone would have foreseen when the governor was sworn in. As tough as it’s been, the work we did to advance the governor’s agenda has been the best job I’ve ever had,” he said.
In the press release, Malloy said Bergman was a “tremendous asset” to his campaign.
Doba is the most recent member of the administration whose departure has been announced ahead of Malloy’s second term. Consumer Protection Commissioner William Rubenstein, Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor, Insurance Commissioner Thomas Leonardi, and Administrative Services Commissioner Donald DeFronzo also are departing as Malloy is sworn in for another four years.