If you had to use one word to describe Capt. Bob Doll, operations manager for the Alaska Marine Highway System, you'd have to say he's sterling. If you had more words to use, you'd say he's tough as steel, the gold standard for competence. And did we mention he's a nice guy?
After successfully managing the ferry system, Doll has been picked to run Southeast Region for the Department of Transportation. He'll do a great job, just as he has with the ferry system.
Doll came to the Alaska Marine Highway System with 30 years of experience in the U.S. Navy, where he held six commands, including running a squadron of destroyers. The ferry system has been lucky to have a man of his stature and accomplishments, and now the Southeast Region will benefit from the management expertise he brings.
Doll earns the respect of those he works with, and that has included the Legislature, where his no-nonsense approach is appreciated. He plays it straight and lawmakers recognize that and respect it.
Taking over for him at the ferry system is another competent hand. Capt. George Capacci came to the ferry system three years ago after 20 years in the U.S. Coast Guard, where he was a commissioned officer who specialized in surface vessel operations. Sounds like just the right experience to take over ferry operations - and he'll have Capt. Doll's support.
Gov. Tony Knowles has a reputation for picking the right person for the job, picking people who have ``can do'' attitudes and who are smart enough to solve problems that come along with any job.
It looks like he has done it again with these two appointments.
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