The state’s ferry system has a new chief, after Reuben Yost was named deputy commissioner of the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities by Commissioner Pat Kemp Tuesday.
Yost replaces Mike Neussl, who resigned earlier this month after two years in the position. While Neussl initially described his decision as voluntary, he said last week that Kemp -- who was named commissioner in December -- had asked him to resign.
In addition to the Alaska Marine Highway System, Yost will supervise DOT’s divisions of Measurement Standards, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement and Special Projects. He has worked at the department since 1994, previously serving as the Southeast region’s director of construction, maintenance and operations. Yost also served on Pelican’s city council and as the city’s mayor during the late 1980s.
“Reuben has extensive knowledge of Alaska transportation issues,” Kemp said in a statement Tuesday. “He has been involved with regional transportation plans, rural aviation, design and construction of capital projects, maintenance and operations of state owned assets, and supervising the environmental analysis for numerous highways, airports, state ferries, ferry terminals and harbors. The department will benefit greatly from his expertise.”
Yost will be on the job at his Juneau office starting Wednesday.
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