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June 9, 2023

New director of Maine State Ferry Service returns to his roots

The Maine Department of Transportation has hired a new director for the Maine State Ferry Service who brings decades of experience to the position. 

William Geary Jr. started his new position on May 22. 

Maine State Ferry Service
William Geary Jr.

Geary is a 1998 graduate of Maine Maritime Academy, where he earned an Unlimited 3rd Mate's License. He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy for six years and was involved in the Kosovo Campaign.

According to a recent news release, the Vinalhaven native has nearly two decades of experience managing retail operations for TJX Companies Inc. and Target, where he oversaw hundreds of employees across several New England states and was focused on customer service.

"I am excited to be part of the Maine State Ferry Service and back to my roots in both the islands and the maritime industry," said Geary. "I look forward to being a great steward to the islands and ensuring strong customer service for all who ride our vessels."

He earned his master’s in business administration and management from the University of Maine in 2004.

"I am confident our Maine State Ferry Service customers will be in good hands with Bill Geary," said Bruce Van Note, MaineDOT commissioner. "His island heritage and maritime education will serve Maine's island communities well. Additionally, Bill's experience in customer service, business management and human resources set him apart during our search process."

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