Scott seeks new DMV commissioner

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Scott seeks new DMV commissioner

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 1:49pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott is seeking interested and qualified applicants for Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). DMV Commissioner Robert Ide announced in October that he would be retiring in December after eight years as head of DMV and a long tenure in state and local public service.

According to a statement from the governor, the commissioner will be charged with improving customer service and reducing the administrative burden, and costs, on Vermonters.  This work would include, but not be limited to, digitizing and simplifying paper processes. The commissioner will also be responsible for completing and following through on the Department’s IT projects; developing a plan to have all employees trained in the administration’s PIVOT/LEAN program; and applying national best practices.

The DMV Commissioner is responsible for 350 employees within the department, making management experience essential. Preference will be given to candidates who are visionary; positive and motivational leaders; strong communicators; project managers; customer service oriented; knowledgeable of the legislative process; and able to work with the department’s stakeholders.

All appointees in the Scott administration must also meet Governor Scott’s 4-C’s for team building: character, competence, commitment and chemistry.

Applicants should email a letter of interest, a resume, three references, and any other pertinent information to by Friday, January 12, 2018. The initial pool of applicants will be reviewed by a hiring committee. The committee will make recommendations to the governor’s office, and finalists will be interviewed by the governor.  

Governor Jim Douglas appointed Robert Ide, a former Caledonia County Senator, to head the Motor Vehicles Department in July 2009. He has served under three governors.

Ide is a seventh generation Caledonia County resident.  He was born in St Johnsbury and raised in Danville.          

Ide is a graduate of Danville High School, Vermont Technical College, and the University of Vermont.  He was employed in his family’s feed and grain business in St Johnsbury, where he was president of the corporation during the divestiture of the Ide family feed stores.

He served as Selectman for the town of St Johnsbury. In 1992 was elected to the State Senate as a Republican, a position he held until March of 2003.  While serving in the Vermont Senate, Ide was a member of both the Transportation, and Appropriations Committees.  At the time he left the Senate, he was the Vice Chairman of both committees.

Source: Governor 12.29.2017