Newport Man New State Ferry System Director

North Carolina's ferry system has a new director, an employee who has worked his way up the ladder.

Harold Thomas begins his new duties immediately as director of the Ferry Division. The Newport man began as a crew member in 1994 for the Cherry Branch-Minnesott Beach ferry. Most recently he was assistant director of operations.

North Carolina has the second largest ferry system in the country, employing nearly 500 people.

Thomas replaces Harold Finch who was fired last year after just two months on the job. Finch said he was let go after trying to clean up the system. But state officials said the man was fired because of personality conflicts with his staff.

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  • by Anonymous on Nov 18, 2011 at 11:31 AM
    We need to TAX this guy a lot more if he is going to be making more money, it's not fair he worked his whole life to get where he is and I can't even get my food stamps and welface checks raised...(Soooo this is how the feeders think haha). But this is what America is about; hard work pays off, good for this guy!
  • by Beachbum3 on Nov 18, 2011 at 10:27 AM
    In regards to this indivsual working their way up thru the ranks this no longer posssibly within the internal ranks of the NCDOT unless you are a total k.a. . that or either you are heavely connected political or have made substancial donotions to the party in power. that is the only way that this indivsual could have made it to the top of the ferry division . that or he has lied an covered up something for his superiors. an was thusly rewarded with the promontional oppurnity for that is the way the ncdot works. up if you take a stand against mismangament an fruad an corruption within the NCDOT then you are blacklisted an you receive nothing in the way of promontional oppurnitys or benefit or anything at all . an lord forbid that you actually tell the truth about something within the ncdot. thank you
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      by Bloke on Nov 18, 2011 at 12:29 PM in reply to Beachbum3
      Your posts absolutely kill me.
  • by Bob on Nov 18, 2011 at 10:22 AM
    This is how it should be.. Hire someone who has started at the bottom and knows everything about the day to day operations.. Good Luck
  • by Edward Location: Morehead City on Nov 18, 2011 at 10:07 AM
    It is nice to see that someone was promoted from within the division, smart choice.
  • by millie on Nov 18, 2011 at 10:02 AM
    Congratulations to someone who appears to have earned his position.

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