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Marine Log

February 6, 2008

Washington State DOT fills key ferry job

Washington State Gov. Chris Gregoire, Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen and Rep. Judy Clibborn joined Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond today as she announced David Moseley as the new Washington State Department of Transportation Assistant Secretary for the Ferries Division.

Moseley, Vice President for the Institute for Community Change in Seattle, had been Federal Way city manager from 1999 to 2006. He assumes the position vacated by Mike Anderson who retired in 2007.

"I am pleased to be here today to launch a new day and a new direction for the Washington state ferry system," said Gregoire. "Over the next 18 months, I have asked Secretary Hammond and her new ferry system assistant secretary to transform the state ferry system so during these changing times it will remain the safest, most responsive, and highest caliber system in the world."

The governor specified three areas of improvement she hopes will ensure that Washington state has a healthy, cost-effective ferry system well into the future. They are:

  • A fleet preservation and maintenance program that sets the standard for industry best practices.

  • A restructured, nimble, organization that provides outstanding customer service and in partnership with each of the communities it serves, and meets the needs of a growing Puget Sound region.

  • A funding plan that is lean, and sustainable in the long-term, and that accommodates the preservation of vessels and regular replacement within their planned life span.

"We are committed to having a sustainable, well run state ferry system that will continue to serve the Puget Sound communities long into the future," said Secretary Hammond. "I believe David brings the organizational and management experience we need to see the Ferries Division continue its long and respected history of serving the citizens of Washington."

Moseley joins WSDOT during a time of increased scrutiny after Hammond took all four of the Steel Electric class vessels out of service due to safety concerns about hull corrosion. This decision led to vehicle service being suspended on the Port Townsend-Keystone ferry route and service disruptions on other routes.

"This is a big job with big challenges," Moseley said. "Working with the Governor, Secretary Hammond, Sen. Haugen, Rep. Clibborn, WSDOT and ferry system staff, ferry communities, riders and labor, I am confident we will strengthen the ferry system to provide the best service possible and begin to restore the public trust and confidence in the ferry system."

Moseley has 15 years of service in city manager positions for three Washington State cities. Previously he directed the Department of Community Development, the Division of Youth Services, and the Community Accountability Program (juvenile justice) for the City of Seattle. Other experience includes Staff Director, Speaker of the Washington State House of Representatives and Director, Telegraph Avenue Community Center (Oakland). David was a Presidential Appointee to the National Advisory Committee for Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. He received his Masters of Divinity from Golden Gate Theological Seminary and his BA from Willamette University.

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