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It’s a classic case of good news, bad news | IN OUR OPINION

December 23, 2012 · 12:08 PM

David Moseley, assistant secretary of Washington State Ferries, won’t be moving on to a new job.

Moseley, who has led Washington State Ferries since early 2008, was a finalist in the search for a new executive director of South Sound 911, a new emergency communications agency in Pierce County.

Though it’s unfortunate for Moseley personally that he was not offered the position with South Sound 911, ferry travelers should be grateful that Moseley will stay at the helm of Washington State Ferries in this difficult time.

WSF certainly has seen better days. The ferry system has been hamstrung by critical revenue shortages, increased costs and an aging fleet that has made ferry sailing cancellations seem almost routine.

Moseley, however, deserves great credit for his persistent highlighting of the problems facing WSF and his candor in publicly addressing the challenges that the agency faces - most of which revolve around a lack of adequate funding for Washington’s marine highways.

We’ve been impressed in recent years how Moseley has conducted himself during the many meetings with ferry communities he’s led, meetings where he has faced some of WSF’s harshest critics in settings more reminiscent of a mob scene than a civic gathering.

Talk alone won’t solve the problems at WSF. But with Moseley still aboard, citizens will have someone in charge who listens and is largely responsive to their concerns.

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