The King County Marine Division, parent agency to both the West Seattle and Vashon Water Taxis, has just announced a leadership change. Official county announcement ahead:
Paul Brodeur, a maritime executive with Washington State Ferries, has been named director of the King County Department of Transportation’s Marine Division. Brodeur is a 32-year maritime industry veteran with 16 years of direct experience working with passenger-only ferry operations.
“Paul brings a wealth of maritime background and experience to our Marine Division,” Department of Transportation Director Harold Taniguchi said. “As he takes the helm, Paul will oversee many exciting projects, including the acquisition of new vessels and working to secure a replacement dock along the downtown Seattle waterfront.”
Brodeur replaces Scott Davis, who has taken the Marine Division from a start-up operation to a stable and growing service. Davis will retire this fall.
Brodeur brings experience in all aspects of marine operations, including serving as a licensed marine engineer, vessel superintendent, and senior port engineer. His most recent position was director of vessel maintenance, preservation, and engineering for Washington State Ferries.
Brodeur’s recent accomplishments include completion of a three-vessel new construction program ahead of schedule and under budget. His implementation of a biodiesel fuel program for the state ferry fleet received national recognition.
The Marine Division operates two water taxis, which provide passenger-only ferry service between Vashon Island and downtown Seattle and between West Seattle and downtown Seattle. The King County Ferry District contracts with the division to operate water taxi services.