Seward DMV loses both employees, closes temporarily

The two employees worked within the city and are the only ones trained to operate the DMV.

Logo for Alaska Department of Motor Vehicles (doa.alaska.gov)

Logo for Alaska Department of Motor Vehicles (doa.alaska.gov)

The Seward Department of Motor Vehicles is closed until at least June after both of its two employees resigned, Seward Police Chief Alan Nickell announced Friday.

The two employees worked within the city and are the only ones trained to operate the DMV, Nickell said in a press release.

“Due to unforeseeable circumstances and incredible coincidence, both employees within the city who are trained to operate the DMV have decided to resign and move away from the community,” Nickell wrote. “This leaves a large void and makes operation of the local DMV impossible until new people can be hired and trained.”

Other DMV offices on the Kenai Peninsula can be found in Soldotna and Homer, according to the Alaska Department of Administration.

Nickell said that the department will work to fill the vacancies as quickly as possible but anticipate the DMV will be closed until at least June of this year “due to the length and amount of training required to get back into full operation.” Once new employees are hired, Nickell wrote, they will also need to be trained to run the DMV.

The city has reached out to neighboring DMVs in the interim with the hopes of finding a trained individual who could fill in temporarily.

“If such a person can be found, we will release a statement letting the public know,” Nickell wrote, adding that the department apologizes for any inconvenience the closure causes.

Reach reporter Ashlyn O’Hara at ashlyn.ohara@peninsulaclarion.com.

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