Delaware Department of Transportation Secretary Jennifer Cohan announced Aug. 16 that Jana Simpler was hired as the new Department of Motor Vehicles director and will join the department on Sept. 4.

Simpler is the director of the Delaware Office of Highway Safety. She started her career in highway safety in 1997, serving as the deputy director of DE OHS through 2009 and as the director for the past eight years.

"We are excited to have Jana joining us," said Cohan. "As director of OHS, she is very familiar with DMV and DelDOT and has done a terrific job promoting safety on our roadways over the past 20 years. I know she will set a great example for our more than 600 employees in DMV and tolling operations in continuing to meet our number one objective — delivering first class service to the First State."

Simpler received her master's degree in public administration from Wilmington University in 1997 and her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Delaware in 1993. She lives in Milton with her family.

Scott Vien, who had served as DMV director for the past three years, left the department at the beginning of August for a new position in the private sector.