Photo's courtesy of SC Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles

South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles


About SCDMV
SCDMV Leadership
Agency Reports
Office Locations
Moving to SC ..
Forms and Manuals
Vehicle Plate Gallery
Important Driving Tips
Freedom of Information Act
For Attorneys
For Members of the Media
News Releases
DMV Fees
Returned Checks
SCDMV Job Opportunities
SCDMV Historical Information
SCDMV Fraud Hotline
Procurement and Contract Services
SC Illegal Immigration Reform Act
Contact Us
Links

Buy a plate today

Buy a plate today

 


  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.

 

Back to Top
Chief of Staff and Director of Operations

J.R. Sanderson

J.R. Sanderson serves as the Chief of Staff and the Director of Operations for the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles. In his dual positions, Mr. Sanderson’s responsibilities include Constituent Services, Legislative Affairs, Strategic Communications, Information Technology, Policy and Planning, Field Services and Training. 

Prior to accepting his position at SCDMV, Mr. Sanderson served as the Chief of Staff of the United States Army Training Center at Fort Jackson. He retired from the United States Army with more than 31 years of service. During his military career, Mr. Sanderson served 26 years as a commissioned officer. His military decorations include the Silver Star, two awards of the Legion of Merit, and two awards of the Bronze Star Medal. 

 

Mr. Sanderson is a graduate of Western Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science degree (1984) in Criminal Justice. He also earned a Masters of Public Administration degree at Western Kentucky University (1995), a Masters of Military Arts and Science from the U.S. Army’s School of Advanced Military Studies (1997), and a Masters of Strategic Studies awarded from the Air War College (2006).

Back to Top
Director of Administration

Melinda Woodhurst

Melinda Woodhurst 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. Woodhurst joined the United States Army at age 17 and retired as an Army Logistician after 26 years of military service. Prior to joining the SCDMV, she served as the Director of Operations for the American Veterans Traveling Tribute.  

Ms. Woodhurst holds a Bachelor of Art degree in Physical Science from the University of Winthrop, SC (1983), a Masters of Art in National Security and Strategic Studies from Newport, Rhode Island and a Master of Art and Sciences in International Relations and Strategic Studies from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Her military schooling also includes the Quartermaster Officer Basic and Advance Courses, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Army’s and Navy’s Command and General Staff Colleges, Joint Military Professional Education, and a United States Army War College Fellowship.

 

Back to Top
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 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).  

 

Back to Top
Director of Customer Service Delivery

Lieselotte Devlin

 

Lieselotte “Lotte” Devlin serves as the Director of Customer Service Delivery for the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles. She is responsible for Vehicle Registration and Titles, including Help Desk and Data Quality, Motor Carrier Services, the Contact Center and Alternative Media Services.

 

Ms. Devlin came to SCDMV from the IBM Corporation, previously PriceWaterhouseCoopers. In her position as an IBM Senior Business Consultant, she served the agency as a team leader and project manager for Project Phoenix, business process development and testing, and project implementation. Prior to her work with IBM, Ms. Devlin was also employed by the City of Charleston where she served as the Director of Budget and Management. She also worked as.an industrial engineer for the Robert Bosch Corporation.

 

Ms. Devlin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA and joint Master’s Degree in Public Administration from University of Charleston and University of South Carolina.

 

 

Back to Top
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.

 

Back to Top
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).

Back to Top

On This Page
SCDMV Executive Director
Chief of Staff and Director of Operations
Director of Administration
Director of Procedures and Compliance
Director of Customer Service Delivery
General Counsel
Inspector General

Related Sites