Kelly J. Thomas, a brigadier general, has been named the new commissioner of Motor Vehicles by DOT Secretary Tony Tata.Thomas has 32 years of experience in leadership, logistics, and customer service with the U.S. Army. He served most recently as deputy chief of staff for personnel for the U.S. Army Forces Command where he was in charge of providing support and services for soldiers and their families for most conventional combat forces in the contiguous US.
He had previously been assistant commanding general for police development of the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan and Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan.
"Kelly's extensive experience in team building and strong customer focus make him an excellent choice to lead DMV,'' Tata said in a statement. "As we continue our DMV transformation that includes expanding evening and Saturday hours and other enhanced customer-focused reform, Kelly Thomas will continue to fuel DMV's climb to the highest level of efficiency and effectiveness among state service providers.
DMV oversees the issuance of over 2.2 million driver licenses annually, the registration of 8.7 million vehicles across the state, vehicle safety and emissions inspections by more than 6,000 inspections statewide.