An Eastern Shore Motor Vehicle Administration employee was suspended without pay yesterday and faces administrative charges centered on her relationship with a Baltimore truck-driving school.
Constance Willi, 37, of Cambridge, an examiner employed at the MVA's Easton office, has been charged with incompetence, inefficiency and with willfully making false statements to her supervisors, said Rebecca Reid, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation.
Mrs. Willi and the New England Tractor Trailer Training School in Baltimore also are subjects of a criminal investigation by the state attorney general's office, according to Ned S. Kodeck, an MVA special assistant.
MVA officials said they were looking into the possibility that Mrs. Willi, a nine-year MVA employee, may have given commercial driver's licenses to New England students who were not qualified to pass the driver's test.
The officials said that Mrs. Willi did not disclose to her supervisors the fact that her husband, John Steven Willi, was employed at the driving school.
"Clearly, her relationship with her husband posed a conflict of interest," Ms. Reid said.
"It appears she abused her role as someone who tested truck drivers coming in for commercial driver's licenses."
Ms. Reid said the MVA would retest any New England students who received licenses from Mrs. Willi between October 1991 and March 1992.
She said about 25 drivers might be affected by that action.
Mark Greenberg, president of the Quincy, Mass., driving school, confirmed that Mr. Willi had been employed by New England "for about two months" as an instructor but that he had quit voluntarily.
Mr. Greenberg pledged to cooperate with state investigators and denied allegations that his students received special treatment from Mrs. Willi.
"To pass a few more people, we would never engage in criminal activity," Mr. Greenberg said.