September 9 2004

Washington State Ferries CEO steps down

Michael G. Thorne yesterday announced his decision to resign as Chief Executive Officer of Washington State Ferries (WSF), effective October 1.

In announcing his resignation, Thorne stated "I have enjoyed the challenge and opportunity to lead change in a vital public organization. WSF is now well positioned to become more financially sound and is poised to offer greater service to its many customers. We have put a strong business plan in place, shored-up revenues, implemented measures to make the system more safe and secure, and have begun the long process of rebuilding our fleet and facilities."

Washington State Secretary of Transportation Douglas B. MacDonald praised Thorne's efforts saying he had "done a first-class job in one of the most thankless and difficult jobs in Washington State government."

Thorne was appointed to his position as CEO of the ferry system by Secretary MacDonald in January 2002 following an intensive nationwide recruitment effort. He had previously served 10 years as Executive Director for the Port of Portland, Oregon. From 1971 to 1991 he served in the Oregon State Senate, where he chaired the Ways and Means Committee.

MacDonald will serve as acting Chief Executive Officer for the ferry system during the recruitment period for a new director until a replacement is found.

We'll have more coverage on this story in the next issue of FERRIES & FAST CRAFT NEWS

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