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IFA Change of Command


June 12, 2007

Inter-Island Ferry Authority's general manager Tom Briggs has announced his retirement, effective July 31, according to IFA board chair and City of Craig mayor Dennis Watson.

Briggs, 67, was Craig city administrator for 15 years and an IFA board member 1997-2002 and chair 1999-2002. He served as Alaska Department of Transportation deputy commissioner for marine operations 2003-2005, and as general manager of the IFA from 2005. Tom Briggs has served the IFA with distinction, as a board member, chair and general manager, said Watson.

During Briggs' term as chair the M/V Prince of Wales inaugurated service and under his management the IFA's second vessel the M/V Stikine was constructed and placed in service on the new Coffman Cove-Wrangell-Petersburg route. New terminals were constructed at Coffman Cove and South Mitkof (Petersburg) and a new terminal building was installed at Hollis, according to Watson.

The IFA board has named Petersburg city manager Bruce Jones, 55, as interim IFA general manager, effective August 1. Jones currently serves on the IFA board, and recently announced his retirement after 28 years with the City of Petersburg; the last 6 years as manager. His retirement from the city is effective July 31.

Jones and his wife Frances are lifelong Alaskans. She is originally from Ketchikan. They have three grown daughters and two grand children. "Bruce has an outstanding track record in public administration. We are fortunate that he is available to the IFA," stated Watson.

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