Ohio chooses new registrar for BMV

A new registrar has been named at the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

Ohio Department of Public Safety Director John Born on Friday announced that Donald J. Petit has was named to the BMV post following the resignation of Michael Rankin, who had been registrar since 2011.

Rankin resigned Friday to pursue other professional interests, according to a news release issued by department officials.

Petit, who has been an assistant registrar at the BMV for the past three years, will lead a move to transition the the bureau to a “more technology-based and leaner agency,” officials stated.

One of the first changes will be the piloting of “BMV in a Box,” self-service terminals (SST) so the general public can obtain vehicle registrations and stickers from the bureau without having to visit a deputy registrar location.

The SSTs will be located in retail outlets in Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati beginning in early 2015. The concept is expected to expand over time to offer other services.

“Our goal is to let people choose when and where they receive BMV services,” Born explained.

Prior to coming to the BMV, Petit was a Deputy Inspector General with the Ohio Inspector General’s Office. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science.

Born also announced that Nancy Dragani, executive director, Emergency Management Agency (EMA), has requested to be reassigned to a different position within DPS for personal reasons. Sima Merick, assistant EMA director, will serve as the interim director until a permanent director is named.