State Ferry Chief Fired After 2 Months On Job

The man hired to get North Carolina's ferries back on track after a federal investigation says he's been fired for doing his job.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported 58-year-old Harold Finch came out of retirement with the Coast Guard on May 1 to lead the ferry division. The agency's former director had been convicted of lying to investigators about illegal dredging.

The newspaper reported Finch was fired June 25 for not being a team builder.

Finch says he thought he was hired to fix the division but his firing shows the Transportation Department lacks the courage of its convictions. He says he told the agency's top officials about nepotism, payroll padding and questionable spending.

The DOT inspector general is investigating several of Finch's allegations.


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  • by Politicians at Work? Location: Cedar Island on Jul 3, 2010 at 01:01 PM
    This competent guy was just trying to clean the organization up but until politics is taken out of the Division that will not happen. This department is a joke and there is so much waste and abuse. It has been a continual problem and the leadership needs to be wiped clean! All that has run the Division has been criminals.............what happened to honest people do they exist anymore or do we actually want honest people working and spending out tax dollars? Bev keep up the good work and see what happens next election? A good change in government is needed!
  • by Data Man on Jul 2, 2010 at 09:03 PM
    This is just the typical NCDOT Job! They get rid of good people and keep the brown nosers! Trust me NCDOT is one of the most racist places to work! Look at all of the higher level jobs and tell me what you think! People that snitch and kiss up to the next man always gets promoted!
  • by Justice on Jul 2, 2010 at 08:23 PM
    Every dept or program in NC needs to be audited by outside agencies. And any state emp who hinders or fails to comply with the auditors, their office should be sealed and they should be dismissed. Also, lie detectors should be done on everyone, including elected officials. Clean this mess up quick.
  • by Rumor on Jul 2, 2010 at 06:21 PM
    Rumor has it he had a problem speaking to woman on the job.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 2, 2010 at 05:36 PM
    I for one work for this agency and can honestly say that at the operation I work overtime is not wasted, As far as relatives working together, throughtout the division they are kin folks working, but one cannot surpervise the other. I find some of the comments hard to believe? People finch did not how to treat people.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 2, 2010 at 12:42 PM
    That figures. I wish him all the best. WE KNOW WHAT JERKS THE POOR GUY HAD TO WORK WITH AND UNDER.
  • by Jim Location: Grifton on Jul 2, 2010 at 12:38 PM
    If he is correct heads should roll and arrests made. Sounds like lawyers are running the place.
  • by jerry Location: kinston on Jul 2, 2010 at 11:38 AM
    typical goverment stupidity a man tries to do the right thing and see what happens
  • by Bull on Jul 2, 2010 at 11:16 AM
    WITN at least you should report the truth the LAST Director JACK CAHOON retired. Yes a director was fired before Mr. Cahoon but at least you should give the facts.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jul 2, 2010 at 10:32 AM
    Where is the attorney General of NC? Don't we pay em a great deal of money and isn't he elected to take care of these matters? Jimbo, you got that right. We also have a spend crazy government. Go look up the budgets for NC by year...its never enough. We cannot to afford anymore of the federal stimulus money...its too expesive. You know, put a program in, then have the states to support it...
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