January 16, 2001
HARTFORD Conn. (AP) - Gov. John G. Rowland Tuesday named the acting head of the Department of Motor Vehicles as his DMV commissioner and tapped a building trades leader to head the state Department of Labor.
The nominations of Shaun Cashman, of Niantic. To labor and Gary DeFilippo, of Shelton, to the DMV are subject to the approval of the Legislature.
Cashman, 63, is the head of the Connecticut State Building and Construction Trades Council. The group has supported Rowland's economic development proposals for the cities because of the large number of union jobs that would be created.
"Shaun is a respected labor leader who has been very willing to work with this administration over the last six years," Rowland said.
John Olsen, president of the Connecticut AFL-CIO who was recently elected chairman of the state Democratic Party, praised Cashman's selection.
"I believe he's going to do a good job," Olsen said. "I'm confident that he's going to come in and want to make sure the laws on the books in the state of Connecticut are carried out."
Labor Commissioner James Butler of Fairfield stepped down Jan. 1.
DeFilippo, 45, has been with the DMV since 1997 and became acting commissioner in July, when Commissioner Jose Salinas of Rocky Hill resigned.
Rowland called DeFilippo a leader in fixing the flaws in the state's vehicle emissions program.