Washington ferries executive placed on leave

BREMERTON — A Washington State Ferries executive whose ticket-seller son was fired by the agency has been placed on administrative leave for undisclosed reasons.

The Kitsap Sun reports that operations director Steve Rodgers was administratively reassigned to his home on July 3. Rodgers’ son Josh, a ticket seller at the Fauntleroy terminal, was fired last December after a spot check revealed that $529 was missing from his working fund.

Josh Rodgers insisted that he just borrowed the money for gas and was going to pay it back the next day. He’s appealing his termination, and it’s not clear whether his father’s administrative leave is related.

A human resources consultant for the ferries wrote in a letter that it appeared Josh Rodgers may have received preferential treatment over the years. The letter, obtained through a public records request, said that while he had received six verbal or written warnings since July 2010, terminal supervisors never asked management for disciplinary action.

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