Victor Diaz: Deputy City Clerk, Waterbury

Last Updated Feb 2011

Victor M. Diaz was born and raised in Waterbury, CT to a single mother. He was the second of six children.  Victor is a proud graduate of the Waterbury public education system.  While growing up, Victor had big dreams of one day being the first in his family to graduate from college, but while in high school, he was told by a guidance counselor to relinquish his dreams of going to college and pursue a technical career.

Though devastated by the advice of his counselor, he would not let it impede his goals. So, he took the military entrance exam (ASVAB) and joined the United States Army. He knew the Army would instill in him values that would make him the best possible student. At first, Victor felt as many young men do about the rigidity and uncertainty of military life. However, he never thought about quitting; instead, he drew on the strength and determination instilled in him by his mother. This strength guided his military career to a point where he became one of his unit's most respected staff sergeants. During his military career Victor received numerous awards including the Army Commendation Medal, five Army Achievement medals, five Certificates of Achievement, two Good Conduct medals, Expeditionary medal, Global War on Terrorism medal, Army Service Ribbon, and NCO Professional Development Ribbon.

After 8 years of service and frequent deployments, Victor embarked on the mission that would change his life for the better: he revisited his dream to become a college graduate. He knew the discipline, motivation, and management skills acquired during his tenure in the military would be the catalyst to enable him to fulfill this aspiration. During his undergraduate career at Naugatuck Valley Community College and the University of Connecticut, Victor employed all the tools he learned from his mother and the military to become an outstanding student. These tools and his hard work earned him a degree in pre-law. At UConn he received numerous accolades: National Honor Society, Presidents List, National Dean's list and 2004 New England Scholar recognition. After completing his undergraduate degree he went on to pursue a M.B.A. degree from the University of New Haven.

Victor served as Waterbury's first Latino Deputy City Clerk, working tirelessly to empower Latino voters and to bridge the political divide that exists between them and city government. In January 2011, he was appointed deputy commissioner for the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles, where "his outreach to communities and his focus on using technology to make it easier for customers to access government services" will be of great service, according to Governor Dannel P. Malloy.

Victor continues to serve on the Dominican American National Roundtable as the Connecticut Representative. He is also the first Latino president of the greater Waterbury N.A.A.C.P. branch.