Auditor Recommends North Carolina Ferry Changes

An audit of North Carolina's coastal ferries prompted by complaints from a former director has found some of his allegations were justified, while others were not.

State Auditor Beth Wood on Thursday released a review of the ferry division that concluded the agency violated Department of Transportation policy on relatives working together and also lacked detailed budgeting at ferry office locations. Those were among allegations raised by Harold Finch, who spent just two months leading the division before being fired last year.

The audit did not find evidence of other allegations by Finch such as extensive overtime to pad worker pay and questionable spending.

Transportation Secretary Gene Conti largely agreed with the audit findings and said tighter controls are in place on purchasing and making clear the family worker policy.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by charles Location: newport on Jul 11, 2011 at 05:17 AM
    In small towns everyone is related. But they still need jobs, at least they want to work.
  • by Cottonmouth on Jul 9, 2011 at 08:42 AM
    Permanent ferry positions have generally been helped along by polical affiliations. This certainly suggests that families of the in party would receive preferential treatment. It is an ancient tradition and not exactly news.
  • by just me on Jul 7, 2011 at 06:07 PM
    No cover up just people working to support their families and survive
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      by jerry on Jul 7, 2011 at 07:12 PM in reply to just me
      Agreed. There are guys from Edenton, Plymouth, Hertford,etc. working at the state shipyard at Manns Harbor. Long commutes every day, all ferry maintenance is done there.
  • by tug Location: New bern on Jul 7, 2011 at 02:42 PM
    When most of the employees come from Down East and the Outer Banks, they tend to be related. Only so many Goodwins, Luptons, Styrons, and O'Neals. Go enough generations back and they are related. Its just a fact of life. Its hard for somebody from Raleigh to work on a ferry. First they don't have a clue how to get the documents and USCG licensing. how far are they willing to commute? On the coast its very common to have these jobs as well as work on tugs through out America. Got to do something as govt is putting fishermen out of business just as hard as they can.
  • by Ron Location: Blounts Creek on Jul 7, 2011 at 02:05 PM
    Looks like another state coverup.
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      by History of The Ferry Division on Jul 12, 2011 at 05:52 PM in reply to Ron
      These audits are a waste of the taxpayers money they never reveal a thing. All is OK and correct and they never discover a problem; because they don't want to reveal the corruption.Think about is the State of NC find fault with the State of NC...No! Dah! Just pull the wool over the taxpayers eyes and keep going!!! Isn't that what it is all about.....and then we wonder how our State and Country remains in a deficit and the situation it is in now???

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