From the office of 
Governor Kenny Guinn

DATE: August 16, 2001 
CONTACT:  Jack Finn
775/684-5670 Phone
775/685-5684 Fax




Carson City -- Governor Kenny Guinn today appointed Richard Kirkland as Director of the Department of Public Safety and Ginny Lewis as Director of the Department of Motor Vehicles. Formerly the Department of Motor Vehicles and Public Safety, the agency split under legislation approved during the 2001 Legislative Session.  The split was recommended by Governor Guinn’s Fundamental Review of State Government. 

“This is part of my effort to streamline state government, make it more efficient, and increase the level of service and protection for the people of Nevada,” Governor Guinn said.  “I feel very fortunate to have two exceptional people in Ginny Lewis and Dick Kirkland to help lead this effort.” 

As Director of the Department of Public Safety, Kirkland will oversee the Nevada Highway Patrol, the Nevada Division of Investigations, the State Fire Marshal’s office, the Division of Parole and Probation, the Division of Emergency Management, the Nevada Parole Board, the Office of Traffic Safety, the Criminal History Repository, the Office of Criminal Justice Assistance, the State Emergency Response Commission, and the Capitol Police. 

“The split of these two agencies will allow for a renewed focus on public safety and it will now be much easier to manage those parts of state government that deal directly with protecting our citizens,” said Kirkland, the former Reno Police Chief and Washoe County Sheriff. 

Ginny Lewis has been with the Department of Motor Vehicles for more than twenty-one years and has served as Deputy Director since 1999.  In that position, she has been responsible for the department’s budget and management of the overall operations of the department. 

“Having been with DMV as long as I have, I fully realize how crucial it is to provide efficient, courteous service to our customers, especially as we continue to deal with Nevada’s overwhelming growth,” Lewis said.  “I’m honored by this appointment and grateful for the Governor’s confidence in me.  I plan to work hard on our continuing efforts to reduce the lines and otherwise improve customer service at DMV.”




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