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DOT fires ferry chief

Posted July 2, 2010

— The man hired to get North Carolina's ferries back on track after a federal investigation has been fired.

Harold Finch was brought in to develop a new business plan, create a team atmosphere and analyze operations, but state Department of Transportation officials said not all of that was done.

Finch took the job after the agency's former director, Jerry Gaskill, was convicted of lying to investigators about illegal dredging in Currituck Sound.

While on the job, Finch raised questions about operations, including overtime and purchasing, and the DOT is still investigating some of those issues.


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  • WHEEL Jul 2, 2010

    Come on board but don't rock the boat. "we don't need a budget, Raleigh just sends us money and we spend it"

  • commonsensical Jul 2, 2010

    I wonder who he rubbed the wrong way? If you're not part of the good ol' boy network, you don't stand a chance in NC.

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  • pbjbeach Jul 2, 2010

    In my own personal estimation the ncdot certainaly is corrupt from one end to the other an those people that work within this agency department ar as well at the mangament an exective mangament levels an if the rank an file employee fail to go along to get along this is what happens they are terminated over in most cases trumped up issues an wrongful charges are put into their personnel files in order to drive them out of service because they had the nads to speak up an tell the truth. their is an has been political deregulation going on within this agency since the days of the beging of the BUSH & CHENEY ADMINSTRATION for this when the ncdot was sold to the repbulican party an the special instrest if you ask me thank you

  • Huey Jul 2, 2010

    N.C. state government is looking much like the old Louisiana government and that is not a nice thing to say. We are in dire need of a major house cleaning I would say.

  • chfdcpt Jul 2, 2010

    As long as the sheeple keep sending the same corrupt career politicians back to office, this will keep going on.

  • Mr. Sensible Jul 2, 2010

    Can't we get some straight up people in our government.. I guess the straight up folks know that they ain't nuthin but crooks in high places huh? Don't want no association with'em.

  • NotFromHere Jul 2, 2010

    The problem in NC is that the DOT has too much power and juristiction over too many things. Local roads should be handled at the local level not by the State DOT. DMV related items should be their own organization with their own head, apart from the DOT. A smaller, less powerful DOT would be much less corrupt and much easier to govern.

  • rand321 Jul 2, 2010

    sounds like the ABC board all over again? check out the N&O page one today.

    He was fired because he was not a "team player" e.g. did nto go along with nepotism, cronism, corrupton, etc. so common place in NC poltics. Plus teh ferry board got a HUGE budget increase thanks to Sen. BAsnight!!!

  • donnied1952 Jul 2, 2010

    What date was he hired? fired? salary?
    who fired him?
    seems like a lot of information is missing