BMV commissioner to step down in December

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The head of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles will step down.

Commissioner R. Scott Waddell said he will voluntarily relinquish his duties at the beginning of December. Waddell, who served under both governors Mitch Daniels and Mike Pence, said he was honored to be part of the BMV. Daniels appointed him as BMV commissioner in October 2010; Pence re-appointed him in December 2012. He joined the BMV as deputy commissioner in 2009.

“However, as with all things, my time is nearing an end with the BMV,” Waddell wrote in a statement released Tuesday. “Effective December 2, 2013, I voluntarily submit my resignation to Governor Pence. It has been an honor to help lead the BMV from Good to Great!”

Waddell said he was proud of the agency’s drive to improve service and operational efficiency. He said the BMV is now seeing almost 50 percent of its transactions being completed outside the of a license branch, a trend that’s cut into wait times at BMV branches. Upgrades to the BMV website and smartphone-based transactions have contributed to the trend.