SCDMV Leadership

SCDMV Executive Director

Kevin A. Shwedo

Kevin A. Shwedo serves as the Executive Director of the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles. He was 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 Masters Degree in 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.

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Chief of Staff and Director of Operations

John Laganelli

John Laganelli serves as the Chief of Staff and the Director of Operations for the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles. In his dual positions, Mr. Laganelli's responsibilities include Constituent Services, Legislative Affairs, Strategic Communications, Information Technology, Field Services and Training.

Prior to joining SCDMV, Mr. Laganelli served 29 years in the U.S. Army.  Most recently he served as the U.S. Army Central (USARCENT) Director of Strategy and Effects at Shaw Air Force Base, as the USARCENT Deputy Chief of Staff in Kuwait and as the Chief of Staff U.S. Army War College in Pennsylvania.  During his military career, he served in multiple combat and peacetime leadership roles, both abroad and in the United States.

Mr. Laganelli has a Masters Degree in National Security from the U.S. Naval War College and a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.  He is also a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Army's Flight School, attended the Airborne School, Air Assault School as well as the Aviation Officer's Advanced Course, the Army's Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Joint Military Professional Education Course, Naval College of Command and Staff and the United States Army War College. 

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Director of Administration

Patricia Blake

Trish Blake serves as the SCDMV Director of Administration. She is responsible for the agency’s Office of Human Resources, Financial Services, Procurement, Facilities Management and Supply and Inventory.

Ms. Blake has more than 26 years of experience S.C. state government. During that time, she worked her way up through the ranks as an Auditor, Accounting Supervisor and Audit Manager. Prior to taking her current position, Ms. Blake served as the Deputy Director of Financial Operations for the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Ms. Blake holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Clemson University. She is also a Certified Internal Auditor and a Certified Business Manager.

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Director of Procedures and Compliance

Annie Phelps

Annie L. Phelps serves as the SCDMV Director of Procedures and Compliance. She has more than 30 years of state service and has served DMV through most of her career. In her current position, her responsibilities include Driver Records, Financial Responsibility, the CDL Help Desk, Driver Improvement, the International Affairs Unit, Policy and Planning, and Driver Licensing/Standards.

Ms. Phelps began her career at the South Carolina Department of Highways and Public Transportation in the Division of Motor Vehicles as the Secretary for Financial Responsibility and then as the Secretary to the Assistant Director’s Office and Administrative Assistant of Administrative Hearings. She was promoted to Administrative Hearings Supervisor and then became the Deputy Director of the Driver Services Administration of the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles,

Ms. Phelps holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Education from Grambling State University (1978).

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Director of Customer Service Delivery

Mike Newman

Mike Newman serves as the Director of Customer Service Delivery for the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles. He is responsible for Vehicle Registration and Titles, including Help Desk and Data Quality, Motor Carrier Services, the SCDMV Contact Center and Alternative Media Services.

Mr. Newman came to SCDMV from Headquarters, United States Air Force at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. where he was the senior military officer in charge of Air Force Studies & Analyses, Assessments and Lessons Learned. He served in the Air Force for 30 years including a tour flying F-16s at Shaw AFB in Sumter, SC.

Mr. Newman is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Astronautical Engineering (1984). He also earned a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Management from Embry-Riddle University (1998) and a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies from the Air War College (2006).

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General Counsel

Frank L. Valenta

Frank L. “Val” Valenta, Jr. is the General Counsel for the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicle. Mr. Valenta oversees all of the agency’s court cases and legal issues.

Prior to joining SCDMV, Mr. Valenta served as General Counsel for the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, General Counsel for the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission, and an Assistant Attorney General, where he served in the Antitrust Section, the Criminal Division, and the Child Support Enforcement Section.

Mr. Valenta 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.

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Inspector General

Karl McClary

Karl McClary came to SCDMV after retiring as a Highway Patrol Captain with the South Carolina Department of Public Safety (SCDPS). Mr. McClary’s responsibilities include Internal Affairs, Driver License Fraud, Title Fraud, Automobile Dealer Licensing and Commercial Driver License Compliance.

With more than 23 years in law enforcement, Mr. McClary has served as the Interim Chief Inspector for the DPS 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.

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

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