Governor orders DMV offices to stay open

Posted: Wednesday, June 18, 2003

JUNEAU (AP) Governor Frank Murkowski has ordered the Department of Administration to keep Division of Motor Vehicle offices open in five Alaska communities.

DMV offices will remain open in Sitka, Delta Junction, Haines, Nome, and Homer.

Closures were announced last week by Administration Commissioner Mike Miller. Two other facilities, satellite offices in downtown Anchorage and Juneau, will close.

''While I appreciate the enthusiasm shown by our people at the Department of Administration to gain efficiencies and reduce costs, it would appear that we are impacting the delivery of public services,'' Murkowski said.

Murkowski ordered division director Duane Bannock to look at other areas that could save the state money.

Miller last week said DMV offices had to close because of a budget cut of about $500,000 proposed by Murkowski and accepted by the Legislature. He said the seven office were picked because they were used least. About 10 employees would have lost jobs.

The closures were announced despite an increase in vehicle registration fees Murkowski signed last week that are expected to raise $12 million a year.

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