Virginia rescinds job offer to former Indiana BMV chief after IndyStar investigation
Former BMV Commissioner Peter Lacy was in line to lead Virginia's Department of Motor Vehicles, but that plan quickly unraveled Tuesday morning after IndyStar published a report detailing a history of allegedly inappropriate behavior during Lacy's time in Indiana.
A spokesman for Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin said in an emailed statement to IndyStar that Lacy and Virginia Transportation Secretary W. Sheppard Miller III spoke Tuesday morning.
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"Mr. Lacy rescinded his acceptance and the Secretary concurred with that decision," Youngkin spokesperson Macaulay Porter said. "He informed Mr. Lacy the Commonwealth rescinded the offer of employment.”
Porter declined to comment further.
The rescinded employment offer followed an IndyStar investigation into the circumstances of Lacy's abrupt resignation last month from the Indiana BMV.
IndyStar found the resignation came one day after Lacy appeared intoxicated during an executive meeting with about 30 top BMV officials. Participants in the meeting said Lacy slurred his words, seemed confused and made an off-color remark about Viagra to a female staffer.
Half a dozen people who worked under Lacy at the BMV's central office said it was part of a pattern of inappropriate behavior that included crude sexual remarks to women and angry outbursts in which he would berate employees and throw things.
Virginia officials had not publicly announced Lacy's hiring, but news leaked out Monday night on Republican political analyst Abdul-Hakim Shabazz's IndyPolitics website. The position came with a salary of $185,000 and Lacy was set to start June 1, Shabazz reported.
Virginia officials declined to confirm that information. Lacy did not respond to messages from IndyStar.
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