Timothy B. Lennon

Deputy Commissioner and Counsel

Deputy Commissioner Timothy B. Lennon was appointed Deputy Commissioner and Counsel in November of 2016.  Mr. Lennon serves as DMV’s general counsel, oversees the agency’s Legal Bureau, and is responsible for the department’s administrative law judges who conduct safety and consumer protection hearings across the state and adjudicate traffic tickets at DMV’s Traffic Violations Bureau in the cities of Rochester and New York. 

Mr. Lennon previously served as DMV’s Deputy Commissioner for Operations and Customer Service, having responsibility for the agency’s issuing offices, license testing and document production.  In that role, he was instrumental in implementing DMV’s “Customer Service Initiative,” which significantly reduced office wait times and improved the overall DMV customer experience by applying the private sector’s best customer service practices to DMV operations.  Mr. Lennon previously served as DMV’s Deputy Commissioner for Integrity, having responsibility for agency ethics, internal controls and employee malfeasance, and briefly served as the agency’s Deputy General Counsel. 

Before joining DMV, Commissioner Lennon was an Assistant Counsel at the New York State Executive Chamber, where he focused on the State’s transportation and infrastructure challenges. Prior to his work at the Governor’s Office, Commissioner Lennon practiced law in the Capital Region and was an Assistant Attorney General at the New York State Department of Law, where he received the Louis J. Lefkowitz Award for outstanding performance.  He is a graduate of Siena College and Albany Law School, and lives with his wife and children in Saratoga County.