The leader of the Registry of Motor Vehicles division that failed to process thousands of alerts about dangerous drivers could be removed from his position as early as Tuesday when an agency board at the center of investigations into administrative malpractice meets to discuss personnel changes.
Thomas Bowes is the director of the Merit Rating Board, the group within the RMV that tracks drivers' records. It's also the division responsible for processing alerts from other states about dangerous drivers, which investigators allege the RMV has failed to do properly since at least 2014.
The board is scheduled to vote on personnel changes Tuesday afternoon, which could indicate that Bowes or other staff will be removed.
Investigations into why a truck driver with a DUI conviction in Connecticut didn't have his license suspended when he allegedly killed seven motorcyclists in a crash in New Hampshire point to the Merit Board's staff being overwhelmed and failing to address both electronic and physical alerts about drivers who should have been off the road.
Bowes is a Braintree city councillor and is running to succeed Mayor Joseph Sullivan who isn't running for reelection.
The Merit Rating Board is set to meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday at MassDOT's Boston headquarters.