2006-12-28 / News

Year in Review

New bridge director hired

The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority has named Earl “Buddy” Croft of Cranston as its new executive director in July.

David Darlington, chairman of the board at RITBA, said that Croft was one of 41 applicants for the job that was vacated last winter. Of those applicants, seven were interviewed by the entire RITBA board, Darlington said, noting that Croft was “by far the most outstanding candidate.”

Richard Dragon, the chief fi- nancial officer for RITBA, served as the interim director after the departure of Kenneth Bianchi. Croft began work at the toll plaza headquarters on July 31.

Prior to being at the Bridge Authority, Croft served as chief of staff for Rhode Island Family Court Justice Jeremiah Jeremiah. Croft has also been a social studies teacher.

Croft said upon his hiring that it was a “wonderful opportunity” to work with such a “quality board and dedicated staff.”

He recognized how important both the Newport/Pell Bridge and the Mt. Hope Bridge are in the state’s economy, and he planned to keep offering “good services and safe services” to those that use the bridges, Croft said.

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