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Steve Nevey Tapped to Lead Washington State Ferries

February 29, 2024

Steve Nevey (Photo: WSDOT)

Steve Nevey (Photo: WSDOT)

Steve Nevey has been selected to serve as assistant secretary for the Washington State Ferries Division, the state's Secretary of Transportation Roger Millar announced on Thursday. Nevey will succeed Patty Rubstello, who is stepping down as head of WSF after more than 33 years of service with the Washington State Department of Transportation.

A career mariner, Nevey progressed directly from high school to a maritime academy in the U.K. For the past two years he has served as director of marine operations for WSF and has been instrumental in the development of programs that address ongoing staff shortages in the industry.

WSF, a division of the Washington State Department of Transportation, is the largest ferry system in the U.S., carrying tens of millions of people a year.

“This is a pivotal time for our ferry system, and I appreciate WSF conducting a highly competitive nationwide search for this role,” said Gov. Jay Inslee. “With the Legislature’s support, we’re making progress on staffing, vessel builds and electrification. Patty has been a calm voice in stabilizing and operating our iconic ferry system through many difficult challenges. I look forward to working with Steve to continue our progress and ensuring customers are well served, and I thank Patty for her dedicated service to our state.”

Rubstello will remain assistant secretary to ensure a smooth transition until Nevey begins his new role on March 16.

“Nevey brings a wealth of experience to Washington State Ferries from a maritime career spanning more than two decades aboard large tankers, ferries and private craft to shoreside operations for Holland America,” Millar said. “Since day one joining Washington State Ferries in 2021, he has worked tirelessly with his team and WSF leadership to find workable solutions to our staffing shortages and vessel-related maintenance and preservation challenges to ensure better service and reliability in the long term for the users of our WSF system. I look forward to working with him in the future and also want to thank Patty Rubstello for her service to all Washingtonians across a career in public service with WSDOT for over 30 years. She was never one to shy away from a challenge and for that she has my utmost respect and appreciation.”

Nevey's experience spans on the water working for a ferry system in Scotland, major seagoing corporations and the cruise industry. Nevey moved to Seattle in 2008 and held senior positions with Holland America Group, where he gained experience in ship retrofits and vessel maintenance, crew scheduling, human resources and career tracking for deck officers. During the pandemic, Nevey helped lead 24/7 worldwide operations management and emergency response. In his role as director of marine operations for WSF, he has helped to address staff shortages by overseeing the creation of several new programs, including a scholarship partnership designed to train new deck officers and captains.

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