Governor Frank Murkowski appointed local Cook Inlet Academy graduate and long time Kenai City Council member Duane Bannock to head the Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles last week.
Bannock will be leaving his post as Vice President at Kenai Chrysler Center and eventually moving to Anchorage with his wife Carol and two children, but for the time being he plans to commute. He will resign his seat on the Kenai City Council, which he has held since February 19th, 1992. Bannock has also served on the Kenai Planning and Zoning Commission, Kenai Chamber of Commerce, Past President of the Kenai Rotary Club and was charter board member of the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska.
The appointment did not come as a surprise to Bannock who told the Peninsula Clarion that he had been lobbying for the position ever since the new governor was elected in November. When asked at last weeks Kenai Chamber Job Shadow luncheon what he might be able to do to make the driver's test easier for 16-year-olds, Bannock replied, "I don't know if I'll be able to make the test any easier, but I do intend to make it so no one has to stand in line so long and wait so long to apply for your driver's license and road test." Bannock believes that his new job is extremely important because every Alaskan over the age of 14 has to come in contact with the DMV. "I don't know of any other department or anything else that has to do with the State of Alaska, except for the permanent fund, that impacts so many lives young and old," said Bannock.
Bannock plans on using his experience with marketing vehicles to streamline the DMV by allowing car dealerships to handle some of the department's routine functions. "Sometimes the car dealerships are responsible for some of the bottle necks, and what I intend to do is utilize some of that information that I've gleaned from being on the other side of the counter to help change the way the operation works from the DMV side of the counter," promised Bannock.
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