By Peter Vankevich and Connie Leinbach
Goodwin is no longer the N.C. Ferry director, Tim Hass, communications
officer, confirmed this yesterday. No more details were provided.
Jed Dixon has been named acting director of the division, according to
Hass, who said Dixon has been with the ferry division for 14 years, has
served as a captain, a superintendent, and most recently as deputy
Goodwin was appointed April 7, 2014, by then Gov. Pat McCrory,
replacing Harold Thomas, who was reassigned as a Deputy Ferry Director
based in Morehead City.
Goodwin championed getting a passenger ferry service between Hatteras
and Ocracoke. A major challenge under his tenure was getting adequate
funding for ferry replacement and maintenance.
Last fall, the General Assembly approved funding for the system and
replacement boats for an aging fleet. Also, the Assembly gave the go
ahead to get a passenger ferry between Ocracoke and Hatteras during
tourism system and possibly use the boat elsewhere during the
Also under Goodwin’s tenure, the short ferry route between Hatteras and
Ocracoke was deemed unnavigable due to shoaling, and the U.S. Coast
Guard established a natural, longer route farther out into the Pamlico
Sound for transit between the island.
More details will follow as they become available.