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DMV Officer Resigns

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RALEIGH — The Department of Motor Vehicles officer whoheaded the states emissions inspection program has resigned. Col. A.L.Felton, 59, met with new DMV Commissioner Janice Faulkner Mondayafternoon, and shortly thereafter it was announced that he will step down,effective March l.

The emissions inspection program, which operates in nine metropolitancounties, has been criticized for erratic administration. Sanctionsagainst inadequately performing inspection stations ranged from nopenalties to punishments that varied widely. The emissions program isaimed at ensuring that vehicles aren't producing excessive pollutantsin high traffic areas.

Faulkner denied she pushed Felton to retire. She toldThe News &Observer, "Lord, no. I hadn't gotten around to it, and I don'tknow if I would have. I'm trying to be in a problem-solving mode. Ihadn't focused on the people."

Faulkner said she hopes to name a replacement for Felton in a few days.

Felton was a DMV inspector in Wilson before Gov. James B. Hunt namedhim head of enforcement in 1993.

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