Report Confirms Problems Within Ferry Division

An investigation confirm some of the complaints made by the man who was fired after two months of trying to get North Carolina's ferries back on track.

Multiple media outlets reported Thursday that interim reports from the Department of Transportation call for stricter controls on overtime, purchasing, and supervision of employees.

Fifty-eight-year-old Buddy Finch came out of retirement from the Coast Guard to lead the ferry division after its former director had been convicted of lying about illegal dredging. Finch complained of nepotism, payroll padding and out-of-control spending. He was fired June 25.

North Carolina's ferry division is the second-largest state operation in the country. It transports 2.5 million people a year.

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