December 12, 2016
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Leader of Washington State Ferries retiring

The head of the state's ferry system is retiring. Lynne Griffith, assistant secretary for the Department of Transportaiton's ferries division, announced last week that she will retire at the end of January.

Griffith, 67, has led the division since September 2014. Missed sailings due to lack of crew dropped nearly 70 percent since she took the helm, the govenror's office said in announcing her retirement.

“Lynne has brought profound change to an organization which is a treasured icon of our great state of Washington,” said Gov. Jay Inslee. “Her dedication is an inspiration to the hard-working people of Washington State Ferries, and she has my heartfelt thanks for a job well done. I hope she enjoys a much-deserved retirement.”

With more than 20 vessels, the Washington State Ferry System is the largest in the nation.

Elizabeth Kosa, chief of staff for the division, will serve as the interim replacement until a new permanent leader is chosen.

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