Ferries chief finalist withdraws; search begins anew

OLYMPIA — Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson announced today she will restart the search for a new leader of the state ferry system after one of two finalists withdrew.

Peterson said Interim Assistant Secretary George Capacci notified her over the weekend that he was pulling out of consideration.

That left former Pierce County Executive John Ladenburg as the remaining candidate, and Peterson elected to not hire him.

“While John Ladenburg has extensive experience as an elected official managing large government agencies, I have decided to begin a new recruitment process,” she wrote in an email to ferry workers.

Peterson said she based her decision partly on what she heard from employees and community members about what they felt the ferry system needed in a new leader.

Ladenburg, who ran unsuccessfully for state Attorney General in 2008 and state Supreme Court in 2012, has the skills to deal with the politics of the legislative process but less experience on the technical side of ferry operation.

Capacci, who joined Washington State Ferries in 2009, served as the deputy chief in charge of operations and construction until becoming interim assistant secretary when David Moseley retired from the job earlier this year.

He will continue serving as interim ferries chief until a permanent manager is hired, Peterson said.

Jerry Cornfield: 360-352-8623; jcornfield@heraldnet.com.

More in Local News

Snohomish man, 63, missing from home since Monday

He left without his keys, wallet and phone, saying something about going to “the river.”

Firefighters come to the rescue and give mom new stroller

Donations to the Good Neighbor Program covered the $143.20 cost.

Case unresolved: The noose at an Edmonds construction site

Though two were fired over comments about it, police were unable to determine who put it there.

To get drug money, Lynnwood man says he cut 911 wires

Those wires happened to be the ones used by 911 dispatchers, but emergency services weren’t affected.

February trial set for suspect in deadly Marysville shooting

There had been questions about Wayne Alpert’s mental health.

Fatal car crash reported on Highway 92 near Lake Stevens

The 3 p.m. accident and investigation stopped traffic in both directions near Machias Road.

Motorcyclist killed in crash had high level of THC

A motorcyclist had more than eight times the legal limit… Continue reading

Front Porch

EVENTS Teen Night at the Schack The next free Teen Night is… Continue reading

Police: Driver threatens pedestrian, ends up in drug bust

Meth, cocaine and heroin were found in his car, along with a loaded pistol and cash, police say.

Most Read