AUSTIN (KXAN) — A second top official at the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles has resigned, marking the second executive to step down in four days amid a series of KXAN investigations and turmoil over the state’s handling of the paper tag problem, a spokesperson for the agency confirmed.
General Counsel Tracey Beaver just resigned, although it is unclear why. She joined the agency in 2019 and previously held the title of assistant general counsel, special counsel and director of the workers’ compensation counsel office at the Texas Department of Insurance for eight years, according to her bio.
Beaver did not reference the state’s tag troubles in her letter, instead saying she felt “a sense of pride” looking back on her nearly three years with the department.
“But like all good things,” Beaver wrote, “my tenure at the agency must come to an end.”
Beaver began her public service career as a hearings officer at the Texas Workforce Commission.
On Monday, now former TxDMV executive director Whitney Brewster announced her resignation. Brewster noted the paper tag fraud problem in her letter, saying it was her “highest priority.”
“I have taken the necessary reforms based upon the latitude given to the TxDMV,” Brewster wrote. “In leaving, the deck is clear for new leadership.”
“Often the hardest thing to do as a public servant leader is to step back and accept that you have done everything you can,” Brewster added, “and that it might be time to allow new leadership to take the reins and continue moving the agency successfully into the future.”