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July 2, 2010

NCDOT fires Ferry Division chief

When the North Carolina Department of Transportation hired retired U.S. Coast Guard officer Harold "Buddy" Finch as the new director for its Ferry Division back in April, NCDOT Deputy Secretary for Transit Jim Westmoreland, noted that he brought "more than 30 years of leadership, management and maritime experience to this position," adding "I'm confident he'll serve North Carolina's coastal residents and our visitors with distinction."

Mr. Finch, who took over a department battered by a federal probe into illegal dredging in Currituck Sound, may have provided a little more leadership and management than the Ferry Division was ready for. On June 25 he was fired from the $92,500 job. And the News & Observer newspaper reports him as saying that in two months of running the division "he ran into nepotism, payroll padding and questionable spending."

"He brought it to the attention of the department's top officials and its inspector general.

"They launched an investigation - and fired Finch for not being a team builder."

Read the story HERE

Read the response from NCDOT's COO, Jim Trogdon, HERE


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