Andrew Doba is stepping down as the communication director for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and will be succeeded by Mark Bergman, who handled communications for the governor’s re-election campaign.

Bergman’s arrival was no secret, nor was Doba’s plan to step away from the communication job.

“Doba has been a close adviser of mine since he joined this administration.  I’ve valued his counsel, and know that wherever he chooses to work next, he will be an asset,” Malloy said. “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.”

Doba will remain temporarily as a senior adviser to assist with the transition, help with the coming inauguration and the start of the legislative session.  Bergman has been at the Capitol for weeks, preparing to take over communication duties.

 “Mark was a tremendous asset on our re-election campaign and we are thrilled to have him work with our office as we continue to build on the progress we have made over the last four years,” Malloy said.

“As someone who grew up in Ansonia, I could not have imagined a more rewarding opportunity than serving Governor Malloy for the last three years,” said Doba.  “Under any circumstances, this is a difficult job.  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.  And while I’m sad to leave, I’m fortunate to have a number of opportunities that I look forward to pursuing in the coming years.”

Doba will stay on as a senior adviser to assist with the transition, help with the coming inauguration and the start of the legislative session.  His final date of state service will be determined in the coming weeks.

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Mark PazniokasCapitol Bureau Chief

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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