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IFA General Manager Retires


December 14, 2011
Wednesday PM

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - Inter-Island Ferry Authority general manager Bruce Jones has given notice of his retirement effective January 31, 2012, announced board chair Dennis Watson. He will be available to assist in the transition to a new manager.

Jones joined the Inter-Island Ferry Authority in August, 2007 at a difficult time for the IFA, when the IFA was faced with having to discontinue service on the northern route between Coffman Cove, Wrangell and Petersburg, said Watson. After three summer seasons of service, traffic on that route did not come close to projections.

During the 4 ½ years Jones has been at the helm, the IFA has had to deal with large fuel cost increases and a declining Prince of Wales Island population. Apart from collecting a surcharge that fluctuates with the cost of fuel, IFA fares have not changed during the period that Jones has been on board, according to Watson.

Jones implemented major cost reductions, including consolidating the IFA administrative offices at the Hollis terminal. Daily round-trip service between Hollis and Ketchikan continues, with the exception of Thanksgiving and Christmas days.

Jones joined the IFA after retiring from a long term as manager of the City of Petersburg. He is a former U.S. Marine. He and his wife Fran plan to travel and spend more time with family.



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