As Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, Kelly J. Thomas oversees the daily operations of the division, including the registration of 8.7 million vehicles, issuance of 2.2 million driver licenses, vehicle safety and emissions inspections by more than 6,000 inspection stations statewide, as well as activities to halt vehicle theft and identity fraud. He is the lead change-agent for the DMV Reform.
Recently retiring from the United States Army as a brigadier general, Thomas has more than 32 years of experience in leadership, aviation operations, logistics and customer service with the U.S. Army. He served most recently as deputy chief of staff for personnel for the U.S. Army Forces Command where he was in charge of providing support and services for more than 870,000 soldiers and their families. During his service, Thomas led combat operations, humanitarian support missions and human resource readiness operations, including providing benefit services to active duty military families. His strategic leadership duties also included the deployment and issuance of service member and family identification cards for use in obtaining human resource services throughout the command. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Methodist College in 1981 and his masters from the U.S. Army War College in 2001.