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SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday announced the appointment of Jean Shiomoto, 57, of Sacramento as director of the California Department of Motor Vehicles, where was named acting director earlier this year.
She has served in multiple positions at the DMV since 1988, including chief deputy director, chief of operations, deputy director of the communication programs division, chief financial officer, advisor to the director and chief deputy director, controller, fiscal officer, cost accounting manager, and systems development manager.
Currently, Shiomoto oversees eight divisions and over 9,000 employees and provides oversight of significant statewide programs, including driver licensing, vehicle and boat registration, motor carrier licensing and regulation, driver safety, and occupational licensing and regulation.
As CFO, she was responsible for the budget development, revenue and expenditure tracking, workload forecasts, financial system development, and activity-based costing.
During her 32-plus years in state government, Shiomoto served as an accounting administrator at the California Franchise Tax Board in 1988 and in multiple positions at the California Department of General Services from 1980 to 1988, including fiscal systems manager, systems development analyst and auditor. She was an auditor at the California Department of Developmental Services in 1980.
A graduate of CSU Sacramento, she has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting. She is a board member of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators and board president of the Asian Community Center of Sacramento Valley, whose core programs are the ACC Nursing Home, ACC Park City Community Center, ACC Greenhaven Terrence Independent Living, and Meals on Wheels by ACC.
The DMV position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $150,000. Shiomoto is a Democrat.