Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways

Posted on: November 30, 2023

Public Works Selects Familiar Face to Helm Ferry Program

After years of dedicated service to the Whatcom County ferry program, Rich Hudson is set to disembark from his position as Senior Master of the Whatcom Chief, effective Friday, December 1, 2023. Whatcom County Public Works thanks Hudson for his unwavering commitment to 28 years of safe and reliable transportation across Hale Passage.

Throughout his tenure, Rich Hudson has been instrumental in the overall success of ferry operations. Public Works Director Elizabeth Kosa expressed her appreciation for his service: "Rich has been the face of our ferry service for many years, and his contributions have been invaluable to our program. We thank him for his dedication and wish him the best in his next adventure."

As we bid farewell to Hudson, we welcome his successor, current Whatcom Chief Master Engineer Gary Poole. With a commitment to upholding the standards set by his predecessor, Poole is poised to continue the level of service that Lummi Island residents and our community have come to expect.

A familiar face to many, Gary Poole has been with the Whatcom Chief for 31 years, over half the boat's life. During that time, he held every crew position available and formed valuable relationships with the crew and islanders. "I am looking forward to this change and the challenges it brings,' said Poole.

The transition in leadership is expected to be seamless, with Poole demonstrating a deep understanding of the importance of the ferry service to the community. Residents can rest assured that they will continue to receive reliable and safe transportation under Gary's guidance.

Please join us in thanking Senior Master Rich Hudson for his service to Whatcom County and extending a warm welcome to Gary Poole in his new role, effective December 2, 2023.

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