Updated March 29 at 12:28am

Chafee taps Silva as DMV administrator


(Updated, 12 p.m.)

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee has appointed Anthony J. Silva as administrator for the R.I. Division of Motor Vehicles.

On Monday, Silva, who has three decades of law enforcement experience, will replace outgoing Carole A. Dwyer who has served as interim administrator since December.

Most recently, Silva was director of the state’s Municpal Police Academy in Lincoln and deputy director of the Emergency Management Agency in Cumberland.

He served as chief of the Cumberland Police Department and in a variety of positions – including shift supervisor, training and planning officer, public information officer and community relations officer – with the Lincoln Police Department, where he reached the rank of sergeant.

“I am honored that Governor Chafee has selected me to carry on the exceptional work that has taken place at the DMV,” Silva said in a statement. “The Governor has been clear about his commitment to improving efficiency and customer service at the DMV, saving Rhode Islanders time and money. This is a mission I believe in and will work to continue. It is with great pride and enthusiasm that I accept this role.”

“Over the course of his extensive career in Rhode Island law enforcement, Anthony Silva has established himself as an exceptional and effective administrator and leader,” Chafee said in a statement.

“He has demonstrated success in critical areas such as budgeting, planning and research, policy development, labor relations, and personnel training, relations and development,” added Chafee. “All of this valuable experience will serve Anthony well in his new role. I am confident that he will continue the positive changes we have worked hard to institute at the DMV.”


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