Kevin Shwedo, Executive Director

Kevin A. Shwedo

Kevin A. Shwedo serves as the Executive Director of the SCDMV. He was originally appointed by Governor Nikki R. Haley on January 14, 2011 and confirmed by the South Carolina Senate on February 1, 2011. He is responsible for overseeing the functions and responsibilities of the entire agency.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Shwedo was the Deputy Commanding Officer of the United States Army Training Center at Fort Jackson. He retired from the United States Army on February 1, 2011 with 32 years of service. During his military career, he served in various leadership and developmental positions within the Army. His awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, two awards of the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal and eight awards of the Meritorious Service Medal.

Mr. Shwedo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1978) and a Master’s of Public Administration from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. He was designated a Distinguished Military Graduate from Valley Forge Military Junior College in 1976. His military schooling includes the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Armor Officer Advance Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Command and General Staff College, Joint Military Professional Education and the United States Army War College.

 Rob Bailes, Chief of Staff

Rob Bailes

Rob Bailes serves as the Chief of Staff and Director of Operations for the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles. As the Agency’s Chief of Staff, he coordinates initiatives across all Directorates, chairs the Board of Directors and leads agency strategic planning efforts. In his position as Director of Operations he oversees the functions of Information Technology; Information Security; Data Governance; Strategy Management; Legislative Affairs; Constituent Services; Strategic Communications; Plans, Policy, and Training; and Project Management.

Rob is a retired US Army Officer and combat veteran with 30 years of active duty service to our Nation. Prior to joining the SCDMV, he served briefly with the South Carolina Disaster Recovery Office as a Program Manager. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from James Madison University, a Master of Administration from Central Michigan University, and a Master of Strategic Studies from the US Army War College. He is a certified Project Management Professional and a 2018 graduate of Leadership South Carolina. Rob and his family reside in Northeast Columbia. 

Trish Blake, Director of Administration

Trish Blake

Trish Blake serves as the SCDMV’s Director of Administration. She is responsible for the agency’s Human Resources department, Financial Operations, Procurement, Facilities Management, Inventory Management, and Grants. Trish has more than 29 years of experience with state government; half of those have been at the SCDMV. In fact, she joined the agency while it was still a division of the Department of Public Safety in 1998. Before becoming a director, she was the Deputy Director of Financial Operations for the SCDMV.

Trish earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Clemson University. She’s a Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Business Manager, and completed the Governor’s EXCEL (Exemplifying Character and Excellence through Leadership) Institute in 2003. She’s an avid Clemson and Pittsburg Steelers fan, dog lover, and admits, she’s never met a stranger.

Shirley Rivers

Shirley Rivers is the Director of Driver Services for the SCDMV. She assumed the position in July 2018. Prior to becoming the Director of Driver Services, Shirley was the Deputy Director of Driver Services. She has held positions with the Contact center, Titles and Registration, Fraud, and the Director's Office during her more than 31 years with the SCDMV.

Driver Services oversees motor vehicle records, data quality, international customers, suspensions, and financial responsibility. Shirley works extensively with the court system and was integral in transitioning the state from paper-ticket processing to electronic processing known as e-citation. Shirley is a graduate of the South Carolina Certified Public Manager program (2004), and she lives in lower Richland County with her husband.

Laura Bayne, Director of Vehicle Services

Laura Bayne

Laura Bayne assumed the position as the Director of Vehicle Services for the SCDMV in September 2019 after serving as the Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs for three years prior. She oversees the processing and distributions of titles, registrations, license plates, motor carrier services, and the agency contact center. Prior to her tenure at the SCDMV, Laura worked for both state and local education agencies as a public information officer and education policy analyst.

Laura holds a Bachelor's degree in journalism and political science and a Master's degree in journalism from Baylor University. She resides in Richland County with her husband and three young daughters.

Val Valenta, General Counsel

Val Valenta

Val Valenta is the General Counsel for the SCDMV. He oversees all of the agency’s court cases and legal issues.

Prior to joining the SCDMV, Val served as general counsel for the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission, and an assistant attorney general, where he served in the anti-trust division, the criminal division, and the child support enforcement section.

He received his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Carolina and worked for six years with the Western Electric Company and Bell Telephone Laboratories. He earned his law degree from the University of South Carolina in 1978.

Karl McClary, Inspector General

Karl McClary

Karl McClary came to the SCDMV after retiring as a Highway Patrol Captain with the South Carolina Department of Public Safety (SCDPS). His responsibilities include internal affairs, driver's license fraud, title fraud, dealer licensing, and commercial driver's license compliance.

With more than 23 years in law enforcement, Karl served as the Interim Chief Inspector for the SCDPS Office of Professional Responsibility, the Commander of Highway Patrol Recruiting and Employment and the Senior Investigative Officer for DPS Internal Affairs. He also served as a trooper for seven years in Laurens County.

He holds an Associate Degree in Electronic Technology, and he is a graduate of the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy (1983).

Courtney Saxon, Director of Branch Services

Courtney Saxon

Courtney Saxon assumed the role as the Director of Branch Services for the SCDMV in March 2020. Prior to becoming the Director of Branch Services she served as Deputy Director of Branch Services. Courtney has held positions during her 18 years with the agency ranging from assisting customers while working the front counter as a Customer Service Representative, training new SCDMV employees as a Customer Service Trainer, to overseeing 14 Branch Offices as a Regional Manager. 

As the Director of Branch Services, she currently oversees the 66 branch office locations throughout the state as well as the SCDMV Mobile Operations. Mobile Operations consist of the Community Area Response Emergency Services (CARES) vehicle and the Self-contained Hazardous Area Response Kits (SHARKs) which operate as mobile branch offices during community outreach as well as during disaster recovery.

Courtney resides in Greenwood County with her husband and daughter.