Captain Dan, our senior captain, earned his captain’s license in 1985. Since then he has served as a managing captain, consulting captain, port captain, and instructing captain, as well as vessel and facility security officer, on passenger vessels in Puget Sound, Southeast Alaska, Hawaii, and Trinidad. From 2005 through 2007, he piloted the Melissa Ann when she and her sister ship, the Rachel Marie, were passenger-only ferries serving Bremerton and Seattle.
Captain Neal is a former U.S. Coast Guard navigator and deck officer who has worked on research vessels, towing vessels, and passenger ferries. He recently operated a fast ferry for the U.S. Navy, transporting service men and women between Everett and Bremerton.
Captain Tara became a captain after becoming popular as the senior deckhand on the Water Taxi’s Vashon Island/downtown Seattle route. She had two years of experience as a marine operator on a small vessel that pre-boomed tugs and barges in Elliott Bay, and many years of experience as a deckhand and able-bodied seaman.
Captain Brad came to the King County Water Taxi from Hawaii, where he operated a passenger vessel for Pacific Whale Foundation. He worked his way up to captain through the ranks of first mate, deckhand, purser, and naturalist. Brad began his career as a mariner with the YMCA’s Camp Orkila in the San Juan Islands.
Alex began his career as a deckhand in 1997 on traditionally rigged sailboats. He worked on sail training vessels throughout the Great Lakes and the Caribbean, and as a deckhand and guide in Alaska. He is working towards his master’s degree in marine affairs at the University of Washington.
Chad brings a wealth of experience with passenger vessels to the Water Taxi system. He formerly was a captain for Ride the Ducks Tours; a chief mate and relief captain for Cruise West passenger vessels in Alaska, British Columbia, Oregon and Mexico; and a navigator for the U.S. Coast Guard.
Frank joined the King County Water Taxi from Argosy Cruises, where he worked as a deckhand for two years. Frank previously worked in Alaska as a wilderness guide/vessel operator and as a deckhand. He holds a Merchant Mariners license.
Jade graduated from Seattle Maritime Academy in 2005 with an able-bodied seaman’s license. Since then, he has worked as a deckhand for Majestic America Lines (passenger cruises in the Columbia River and Southeast Alaska), Global Diving and Salvage, and Polar Tankers, Inc.
Jeff joined the Water Taxi from San Diego, where he was a captain at Hornblower Cruises and Events for four years. Before that, he served as chief mate with Seattle’s Cruise West, cruising all major waterways between Prince William Sound and the Sea of Cortez.
Ron, a U.S. Coast Guard-licensed chief engineer, has 17 years of experience aboard various private and publicly run ferry vessels.
Vik joined the Water Taxi from Washington State Ferries, where he worked as an oiler and assistant engineer. Vik has 20 years of prior experience as chief engineer and port engineer for Clipper Navigation.
No person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.
King County Ferry District Title VI Policy Statement
King County Ferry District assures that no person shall on the grounds of race, color, national origin, or sex, as provided by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended, and the Civil Right Restoration Act of 1987 (P.L. 100.259) be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.
The District further assures every effort will be made to ensure nondiscrimination in all of its programs and activities, whether those programs and activities are federally funded or not.
In the event King County Ferry District distributes federal aid funds to another governmental entity or other sub-recipient, the District will include Title VI language in all written agreements and will monitor for compliance.
King County’s Office of the Title VI Coordinator is responsible for initiating and monitoring Title VI activities, preparing required reports and other King County Ferry District responsibilities as required by 23 CFR 200 and 49 CFR 21.
Filing a Title VI Complaint
Any person who believes they have been aggrieved by an unlawful discriminatory practice under Title VI has a right to file a formal complaint with the King County Ferry District. Any such complaint must be in writing and filed with the King County Title VI Coordinator within one hundred eighty (180) days following the date of the alleged discriminatory occurrence. Title VI Discrimination Complaint Forms may be obtained from the King County’s Office of the Title VI Coordinator at no cost to the complainant by calling 206-296-7592.
El Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Humanos de 1964 establece:
Ninguna persona en los Estados Unidos, por motivo de su raza, color u origen nacional, podrá ser excluida de la participación o de la recepción de beneficios en cualquier programa o actividad que reciba asistencia financiera Federal, ni estar sujeta a discriminación en cualquiera de los programas arriba mencionados.
Declaración de la Norma del Título VI de King County Ferry District
King County Ferry District asegura que ninguna persona, por motivo de su raza, color, origen nacional o sexo, tal como lo dispone el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Humanos de 1964 con sus enmiendas y la Ley de Restauración de Derechos Civiles de 1987 (P.L. 100.259), se vea excluida de participar, o privada de los beneficios o de cualquier otra manera sujeta a discriminación con respecto a cualquier programa o actividad que recibe asistencia financiera Federal.
El Distrito garantiza además que se harán todos los esfuerzos necesarios para asegurar la ausencia de discriminación en todos sus programas y actividades, ya sea que dichos programas reciban o no fondos federales.
En caso de que King County Ferry District distribuya fondos de ayuda federal a otra entidad gubernamental o a otro sub-beneficiario, el Distrito incluirá disposiciones relativas al Título VI en todos los acuerdos escritos y supervisará el cumplimiento de tales disposiciones.
La Oficina del Coordinador del Título VI para el Condado de King es responsable de la iniciación y supervisión de actividades del Título VI, la preparación de los informes requeridos y otras responsabilidades de King County Ferry District según lo dispuesto en 23 CFR 200 y 49 CFR 21.
Presentación de Reclamos Relacionados con el Encabezado VI
Cualquier persona que considere que ha resultado agraviada por una práctica discriminatoria ilegal bajo el Título VI tiene derecho a presentar un reclamo formal ante King County Ferry District. Todo reclamo de esta naturaleza debe ser efectuado por escrito y presentado al Coordinador del Título VI para el Condado de King dentro de los ciento ochenta (180) días subsiguientes a la fecha en que se afirma que ocurrió la práctica discriminatoria. Los Formularios de Reclamo de Discriminación bajo el Título VI pueden solicitarse sin costo para el reclamante llamando a la Oficina del Coordinador del Encabezado VI para el Condado de King al 206-296-7592.