The following announcement is from Mike McKenzie (chair of LIFAC) about the hire of a new Public Works ferry manager, Rob Nye. Starting date is not included. Mike’s announcement does not mention any previous experience with or knowledge about ferry or other public transportation systems, or a track record of successful interactions with citizen groups who depend on those systems. This does not, of course, mean Nye lacks that experience — Mr. Louws may just not have mentioned it to Mike. If those are holes in Nye’s experience, hopefully he’ll be quick to seek out good, ongoing mentoring from those with ferry and other public transportation experience, in both Whatcom and Skagit counties.
It would be great if LIFAC were to receive and share the job description for this new position, although perhaps PW will do that.
As many of us remember, a previous full time PW ferry manager w/out ferry experience led to very expensive diversions, e.g. the development of the (failed ~2006) Big New Ferry design. But let’s hope for the best! I’m sorry James didn’t want the job, but he clearly is keen to get back to working with bridges that aren’t anchored in salt water.
COUNTY HIRES FERRY MANAGER