State Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson is clearing the decks and restarting the search for a new director of Washington State Ferries.

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State Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson is clearing the decks and restarting the search for a new director of Washington State Ferries.

She sent department employees an email Tuesday saying that interim director George Capacci (kuh-PAH’-chee) withdrew from consideration over the weekend and she decided not to hire the other candidate, former Pierce County Executive John Ladenburg (LAD’-en-burg).

Capacci will stay on in an interim role and then return to his position as deputy chief of operations and construction.

The department had hoped to name a new ferry chief by June 20 to replace David Moseley, who resigned in April after six years in the top job.

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Transportation Department spokesman Lars Erickson says the department will undertake a nationwide search for a new ferries chief.

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