(INDIANAPOLIS) – The Indianapolis Star says the abrupt departure of Indiana’s BMV commissioner followed a series of complaints about his behavior dating back years.
Governor Holcomb’s office announced last month Peter Lacy would step down at the end of May. Two weeks later, the state announced he was leaving immediately. The Star reports his exit came after he slurred his words and made a crass comment in a meeting, and says employees had accused him previously of other crude comments and bursts of anger.
Holcomb last week told Network Indiana he wouldn’t comment on whether Lacy was asked to resign, saying he won’t discuss personnel matters. He does say Labor Commissioner Joe Hoage, who had already been announced as Lacy’s successor, is temporarily doing double duty. The governor says Lacy has left the BMV in “great shape.”
Lacy had headed the BMV since Holcomb took office in 2017. The state has yet to announce Hoage’s successor at the Department of Labor.