The man hired to run North Carolina's troubled ferry system and then fired weeks later after speaking out against payroll padding and excessive spending wants his job back.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Friday that Harold Finch sued this week in Wake County. Finch says his firing was illegal retaliation for his efforts to root out waste and political patronage.
The retired Coast Guard captain was fired in June from his post overseeing the second-largest ferry agency in the country. The state Transportation Department would not talk about Finch's wrongful termination lawsuit.
He wants to be reinstated as head of the 600-employee Ferry Division based in Morehead City, given back pay, and protected from political interference.
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