- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 6, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is appointing Patricia Reed as the new commissioner of the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles.

Tomblin announced the appointment Tuesday.

Reed has served as owner and broker of Reed-Patton Real Estate and as owner and principal agent of Pat Reed Insurance Agency.

She also was deputy commissioner in the West Virginia Office of the Insurance Commissioner.

Reed served two terms in the state House of Delegates and 12 years as a Raleigh County commissioner.



She is still a member of the Raleigh County Transportation Authority.

Reed replaces Steven Dale, who is retiring after first being appointed acting commissioner in January 2013. He also spent more than three decades in various roles with the DMV.

Dale earned about $83,000 in 2013.

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