Kevin Shwedo, Executive Director

Kevin A. Shwedo

Kevin A. Shwedo serves as the Executive Director of the SCDMV. He was originally appointed by Governor Nikki R. Haley on January 14, 2011 and confirmed by the South Carolina Senate on February 1, 2011. He is responsible for overseeing the functions and responsibilities of the entire agency.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Shwedo was the Deputy Commanding Officer of the United States Army Training Center at Fort Jackson. He retired from the United States Army on February 1, 2011 with 32 years of service. During his military career, he served in various leadership and developmental positions within the Army. His awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, two awards of the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal and eight awards of the Meritorious Service Medal.

Mr. Shwedo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1978) and a Master’s of Public Administration from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. He was designated a Distinguished Military Graduate from Valley Forge Military Junior College in 1976. His military schooling includes the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Armor Officer Advance Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Command and General Staff College, Joint Military Professional Education and the United States Army War College.


John Laganelli, Chief of Staff and Director of OperationsJohn Laganelli

John Laganelli serves as the Chief of Staff and the Director of Operations for the SCDMV. In his dual positions, Mr. Laganelli's responsibilities include Legislative Affairs, Constituent Services, Strategic Communications, Information Technology, and Field Services. He lives in Northeast Columbia with his wife and dog.






Trish Blake, Director of AdministrationTrish Blake

Trish Blake serves as the SCDMV’s Director of Administration. She is responsible for the agency’s Human Resources department, Financial Operations, Procurement, Facilities Management, Inventory Management, and Grants. Ms. Blake has more than 29 years of experience with state government; half of those have been at the SCDMV. In fact, she joined the agency while it was still a division of the Department of Public Safety in 1998. Before becoming a director, she was the Deputy Director of Financial Operations for the SCDMV.

Ms. Blake earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Clemson University. She’s a Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Business Manager, and completed the Governor’s EXCEL (Exemplifying Character and Excellence through Leadership) Institute in 2003. She’s an avid Clemson and Pittsburg Steelers fan, dog lover, and admits, she’s never met a stranger.

Annie Phelps, Director of Procedures and ComplianceAnnie Phelps

Annie Phelps serves as the SCDMV Director of Procedures and Compliance. She has more than 30 years of state service and has served the SCDMV through most of her career. In her current position, she’s responsible for Driver Records, Financial Responsibility, the CDL Help Desk, Driver Improvement, the International Affairs Unit, Policy and Planning, and Driver Licensing/Standards.

Ms. Phelps began her career at the South Carolina Department of Highways and Public Transportation in the Division of Motor Vehicles as the Secretary for Financial Responsibility and then as the Secretary to the Assistant Director’s Office and Administrative Assistant of Administrative Hearings. She was promoted to Administrative Hearings Supervisor and then became the Deputy Director of the Driver Services Administration of the SCDMV.

Ms. Phelps holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Education from Grambling State University (1978).  


Larry Murray, Director of Vehicle Services

Larry Murray

Larry Murray serves as the Director of Vehicle Services for the SCDMV. He is responsible for Vehicle Registration and Titles, including the Help Desk and Data Quality, Motor Carrier Services, the SCDMV Contact Center, and Alternative Media Services.

Mr. Murray joined the SCDMV in 2012.  He previously served as Deputy Director for Legislative Affairs for the agency.  Prior to serving the citizens and businesses of South Carolina, he served his country for 27 years in the United States Armed Forces. 

He is a graduate of Virginia Military Institute, earned a Master’s of Science from Central Michigan University, and holds numerous certifications.   


Val Valenta, General CounselVal Valenta

Frank L. “Val” Valenta, Jr. is the General Counsel for the SCDMV. Mr. Valenta oversees all of the agency’s court cases and legal issues.

Prior to joining the SCDMV, Mr. Valenta served as General Counsel for the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, General Counsel for the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission, and an Assistant Attorney General, where he served in the Antitrust Section, the Criminal Division, and the Child Support Enforcement Section.

Mr. Valenta received his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Carolina and worked for six years with the Western Electric Company and Bell Telephone Laboratories. He earned his law degree from the University of South Carolina in 1978.


Karl McClary, Inspector GeneralKarl McClary

Karl McClary came to the SCDMV after retiring as a Highway Patrol Captain with the South Carolina Department of Public Safety (SCDPS). Mr. McClary’s responsibilities include Internal Affairs, Driver License Fraud, Title Fraud, Automobile Dealer Licensing and Commercial Driver License Compliance.

With more than 23 years in law enforcement, Mr. McClary has served as the Interim Chief Inspector for the SCDPS Office of Professional Responsibility, the Commander of Highway Patrol Recruiting and Employment and the Senior Investigative Officer for DPS Internal Affairs. He also served as a Trooper for seven years in Laurens County.

Mr. McClary holds an Associate Degree in Electronic Technology, and he is a graduate of the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy (1983).