- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A former Cranston police chief has been appointed administrator of the Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles.

The state Department of Revenue announced that Walter Craddock was tapped for the post.

The revenue department’s acting director, David Sullivan, says Craddock will focus on improving customer service and reducing wait times.

Craddock plans to resign from his current position as chairman of the Rhode Island Motor Vehicle Dealers Hearing Board, which regulates car dealerships.

He’s also an attorney and assistant professor of criminal justice at Bristol Community College in Fall River, Massachusetts.

Craddock served in the Cranston Police Department from 1976 to 2002.

Craddock will oversee an agency with about 175 full-time employees and an annual budget of $22 million.

He succeeds Anthony Silva starting June 1.

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