Senior public officer Gregory Skelton has been appointed as Acting Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
Skelton, whose appointment took effect on October 1, has taken over the position from Bethsaida Smith-Hanley who was appointed back in December 2018.
It is not clear why she was replaced as acting DMV boss.
In the meantime, a media release from the Ministry of Transportation said Skelton’s role as the acting head of department includes “ensuring the continual development of procedures and guidelines for the department, examining and licensing drivers and registering vehicles in accordance with laws, rules and regulations”.
He is also responsible for ensuring awareness of changes to policies and procedures relevant to the needs of government and the wider BVI.
“The Acting Commissioner will also manage the department’s challenges, activities, relationships, resources, development and networks, and will prepare and manage the annual budget as the department’s accounting officer. He will also coordinate activities including clerical inspections, licensing and registration; ensuring compliance with legal, regulatory, ethical and social requirements,” the release further said.
Skelton is said to have been employed as a public officer for more than a decade.
The new acting DMV boss — who holds a bachelors degree in accounting and is now pursuing his Master’s in Business Administration — has served as the Senior Accounts Officer at the DMV, among other things.
The post of DMV Commissioner became vacant in late 2018 when the now Transportation Minister Kye Rymer resigned to run for public office.