Virginia DMV rental scuttled after newspaper reports | State News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A former Indiana civil servant was slated for a job as head of Virginia’s Department of Motor Vehicles, but that plan fell apart Tuesday after a newspaper reported allegations that the official had behaved inappropriately at work.

Virginia Transportation Secretary Shep Miller spoke Tuesday morning with former Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicle Commissioner Peter Lacy, according to a spokeswoman for GOP Governor Glenn Youngkin.

“Mr. Lacy rescinded his acceptance and the Secretary concurred with that decision. He advised Mr. Lacy that the Commonwealth had rescinded the offer of employment,” Youngkin’s spokeswoman Macaulay Porter said in a statement. communicated to the Associated Press.

The developments came shortly after the IndyStar released a report detailing workplace complaints from people who worked under Lacy, who abruptly resigned from his post last month.

The newspaper reported that when he asked Lacy for comment on the complaints, he responded with a statement that neither acknowledged nor denied them and said he was proud of his tenure. He could not immediately be reached by AP on Tuesday.

The former Virginia DMV commissioner retired before Youngkin — a political newcomer whose hiring and vetting of officials are closely watched — took office in January. Porter declined to respond to follow-up requests about it.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Linda Ford, assistant commissioner and chief operating officer of the Virginia DMV, has served as acting commissioner since the retirement of Rick Holcomb.

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