Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles director retiring

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After 30 years of public service to Nevada, Department of Motor Vehicles Director Julie Butler said she will retire March 1.

Butler had previously spent time at the Governor’s Office of Finance, the State Purchasing Division, the Nevada Office of Traffic Safety, the Nevada Department of Corrections, and the Nevada Department of Public Safety before being appointed to the DMV’s top position in January 2019.

During her tenure, Butler launched the DMVs Department Transformation Effort, which aims to put most DMV services online and overhaul the DMVs processes and structure.

“The work that director Butler started is critical to the future success of our DMV,” Gov. Joe Lombardo said in a news release. “To continue this work, I’m pleased to announce that the DMV’s deputy director, Tonya Laney, will succeed her as the director of Nevada’s DMV.”

Laney, who has been with the DMV for 11 years, has served as the agency’s second-in-command since November 2021.

During her time with the DMV, Laney has overseen the day-to-day operations of the agency’s 18 field offices and worked to build three new field offices.

Prior to her time in state service, Laney established herself as a human resources professional working for larger businesses in the Reno/Carson City area.

Laney’s first day as director will be March 2.


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